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Opera is This Weekend

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They call themselves Minot's only opera company, and North Dakota's other opera company.

The Western Plains Opera Company is proud of its role as one of two opera companies in the state.

And this weekend, Mozart's opera "The Marriage of Figaro" will be on stage in the Magic City.

It's one of the best-known operas in history and is considered a good family opera - something you can take your kids to introduce them to opera.

The guest performer is a New Jersey mezzo soprano who is playing one of the leads.

She says the two weeks of preparation have been packed.

(Sara Petrocelli, Visiting Opera Cast Member) "It has so many characters and so much movement. We have staged a dance and girls dressed as boys and then back to girls again. We have staged a ton of music so it was quite an undertaking." (Michael Posey, Visiting Opera Cast Member) "Rehearsals have been fantastic. It is always the best part of a process like this. The director is outstanding and fun to work with." (Dr. Ken Bowles, Western Plains Opera Company Director) "We have guest artists from all across the country who have joined us here, but we also have about 40 of our own artists in Minot who are putting this together" (Eric Furuseth, Western Plains Opera Company) "This is an entertaining opera with lots of twists and turns. It has lots of action and the director has people running all over the stage. It is entertaining in its own right and on top of that you have these great actors singing Mozart's great tunes."

The Marriage of Figaro is presented at MSU's Ann Nicole Nelson Hall tomorrow at 7:30, and Sunday at 3:00.

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