Whitney Center for the Arts presents it’s first fully staged opera, Gian Carlo Menotti’s radio opera, The Old Maid and the Thief. Hilariously funny with beautiful music, the opera runs about about one hour and is in English.
Set in a 1940’s radio station, the American one-act opera is performed in which a handsome vagrant takes up lodgings with a lonesome old maid and her young, chatty housemaid. His presence must be kept secret to avoid a scandal and little white lies quickly escalate to desperation and questionable decision making.
Sopranos Nellie Rustick and Erin Nafziger sing the roles of the old maid and her housemaid. Baritone Steve Hassmer plays the handsome vagrant, Soprano Monica Bliss sings the role of Miss Pinkerton and Monk Schane-Lydon is the narrator. Carlton Maaia II is on piano.
There will be two performances, Saturday, April 14th at 8pm and Sunday, April 15th at 2pm. Tickets are $18. Buy online at www.thewhit.org or call 413-443-0289 to reserve now. Senior/Student rate of $15 available by phone. Tickets are also available by cash or check at the door.
Photo of Soprano Erin Nafziger, who plays the role of Laeticia, attached. (Face-on, blue dress)
Photo of Nellie Rustick, who plays the role of Miss Todd, attached. (Leaving on brick wall- blue jacket, gold necklace)