Lee University Opera Theatre will present two one-act operas, “Isle of Tulipatan” by Jacques Offenbach and “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck, beginning Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Performances will continue Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m. All performances will take place in Lee’s Dixon Center.
“Isle of Tulipatan” is a farcical operetta set in the Roman times that was first presented at the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens in Paris in 1868.
“Hansel and Gretel” is based on the familiar children’s fairy-tale set in Austria. First performed in Hoftheater in Germany in 1893, it is much admired for its folk music-inspired themes.
Lee University’s Opera Theatre is directed by James Frost, associate professor of music at Lee since 2007. Prior to Lee, Mr. Frost was a resident in Germany for 20 years where he gained professional experience at various opera houses such as the Stadttheater Hildesheim in Germany and the Tiroler Landestheater in Austria.
Both operas will be performed in English and are suitable for all ages.
Tickets for the performance may be reserved or purchased at the Dixon Center Box Office by calling 614-8343. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m., and one hour before each performance. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students. Seating is limited.
For more information about the performances, contact Lee’s School of Music at 614-8240.