NWU Opera to Perform One-Acts "Il Signor Bruschino" and "Suor Angelica"

Nebraska Wesleyan University will present two one-act operas: “Il Signor Bruschino” and “Suor Angelica.”

The operas will be held Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium, located at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

“Il Signor Bruschino” is Gioachino Rossini’s lively one-hour comic farce about two lovers who attempt to contort their way around family members who disapprove of their engagement. The lead male (Gaudenzio) will be played by Jesse Wohlman of Blair; the lead female (Sofia) will be played by Laynee Woodward of Minden.

The operatic comedy will be followed by Giacomo Puccini’s drama, “Suor Angelica.” The 50-minute one-act follows the life of Sister Angelica who has lived a quiet life in a Sienese convent. But when her aunt, the princess, pays an unexpected visit, Angelica’s noisy past is revealed. Once Angelica learns her illegitimate son has died, she believes the only way to join him in heaven is through mortal sin. Cadie Jochum of Sutherland will play Sister Angelica.

Tickets for the one-act operas will be available at the door. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

The cast for "Il Signor Bruschino" includes:

Bellevue
Michelle Bester

Blair
Gavin Rasmussen
Jesse Wohlman

Bridgeport
Titus Kautz

Gretna
Leana Wolt

Lexington
Sam Zitterkopf

Lincoln
Katrina Pierce

Minden
Laynee Woodward

Omaha
Kegan Casey

Torrington, Wyo.
Dustin Hall

The cast list for "Suor Angelica" includes:

Bellevue
Michelle Bester

Franklin
Morgan Harms

Gretna
Leana Wolt

Hershey
Joanna Mackley

Lincoln
Catherine Bobst
Katrina Pierce

Minden
Laynee Woodward

Nebraska City
Kendall Victor

Omaha
Kaitlin Zardetto-Smith
Kaitlin Beck

Sutherland
Cadie Jochum

Syracuse
Cassie Rippe

Franktown, Colo.
Amanda Shell

Red Oak, Iowa
Allison Behrens

Anoka, Minn.
Sara Gorsuch

St. Louis, Mo.
Tashi Price

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