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Production of L’Étoile by the IU Opera Theater

(Photo by Sarah Jensvold Slover, courtesy IU Opera Theatre)

IU Jacobs School of Music Opera Theater presents The star (The Lucky Star) by Emmanuel Chabrier, his sophisticated but completely wacky comic opera. When Shakespeare coined the term “starstruck lovers”, he certainly didn’t have a plot like that of The star in mind, though it’s surprisingly appropriate, since the story revolves around love at first sight, political intrigue, hidden identity, and mortal peril…and perhaps only astrology can fix things.

The mezz-soprano Dajeong Song as Lazuli in L'Etoile
Mezz-soprano Dajeong Song as Lazuli

WFIU’s Aaron Cain recently talked about the production with two of his cast members. Song Dajeong is one of the mezzo-sopranos who sings the role of Lazuli, the wandering peddler who unwittingly falls in love with a princess in disguise. Jonathan Elmore is one of the tenors singing the role of King Ouf, the mad monarch who would very much like Lazuli to be his “guest” for his annual public execution anniversary.

Tenor Jonathan Elmore as King Phew
Tenor Jonathan Elmore as King Phew

Marzio Conti, former musical director of Oviedo Filarmonía in Spain, is the conductor of the production, and Alain Gautheir, frequent collaborator of the Opéra de Montréal, conducts it. Performances take place on October 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center des arts musicales.

More information at operaballet.indiana.edu

Listen to the interview above.

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