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Festival of One-Act Operas

Show Dates November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, & 15, 2020 

Festival of One Act Operas -- Impresario
Poster Design by Melanie Fabrizius

Festival of One-Act Operas

Show Dates November 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, & 15, 2020 

The Impresario (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Frank, the impresario (along with the buffo singer, Buff, who assists him) audition two actresses to be part of his new theatrical company. While both are hired, they then argue over who will get the prime role and who will be paid the most. To illustrate their strengths, each sings a striking aria to back her claim (Herz: "Da schlägt die Abschiedsstunde", Silberklang: "Bester Jüngling"). An agreement is reached when the tenor, Vogelsang, intervenes, in what Julian Rushton describes as a hilarious trio, "Ich bin die erste Sängerin" (I am the prima donna) compromise is agreed to, with each receiving "large salaries and star billing".The work ends with the quartet "Jeder Künstler strebt nach Ehre" (Every artist strives for glory)

Director - Mary Ann Connors
Music Director - Doug Nagel
Accompanist Tim Schoessler
Assistant Director / Stage Manager - William Stearns
Costumes - Mary Ann Connors
Set - Dan Struckman

CAST LIST
Mr. Scruples - Doug Nagel
Mr. Bluff - Kieran Beebe
Mr. Angel - William Stearns
Madame Goldentrill - Drew Murray
Miss Silverpeal - Emerald Hart

The Impresario concerns the woes of an impresario, Mr. Scruples, who must put together a company of actors and singers while dealing with their whims, rivalries and pretensions. The company faces economic difficulties which are ultimately solved thanks to the intervention of Mr. Angel, a banker, who is persuades Scruples to audition Madame Goldentrill, Mr. Angel's lover. When Scruples is unimpressed, Mr. Angel introduces his rising star, Ms. Silverpeal, who insists on auditioning for the leading soprano role. The two ambitious singers confront Scruples about who the next prima donna will be, while Bluff attempts to reconcile matters. In the end, it is determined that art can thrive only through the peaceable cooperation of all their strengths.