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Students to perform comic opera

Friday, March 7, 2014

The D’Angelo Department of Music at Mercyhurst University will perform Gioachino Rossini’s comic operatic masterpiece La Cenerentola (Cinderella) on March 28 and 30 at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Scott Tomlison, chair of the department, conducts the university orchestra, with music direction by Louisa Jonason and stage direction by James Bobick.

Seniors Kathleen Reveille and Mat Anderson star as Cinderella and her handsome prince. The opera also features students Devon Meddock, Alexa Zeremenko, Tyler Drew and Gabriel Borrero, along with guest artist John Myers.

The Mercyhurst students are particularly excited about this year’s spring opera. “Of course, I have loved this story since I was a little girl,” says Reveille, “but to have the opportunity to play Cinderella in this amazing opera is truly a dream come true.”

La Cenerentola, Rossini’s retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale, is a show that will delight the whole family.

Treated poorly by her wicked father and stepsisters, Cenerentola longs for the day that a prince will come to sweep her off her feet and free her from her life as the family maid. As luck would have it, that is exactly what happens. With a little help from both the prince’s tutor and his valet, Cinderella and her prince soon live happily ever after. La Cenerentola is full of laughs, using Rossini’s clever character switches to balance the opera musically while never losing sight of the well-loved story.

Performances are on Friday, March 28, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15.50 for adults; $12.50 for seniors and students; $7.50 for President’s Card holders; and $5 for youth and Mercyhurst students with ID. They can be purchased online at or by calling 814-824-3000.

PHOTO: Mat Anderson & Kathleen Reveille