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Michigan Opera Theatre's CYRANO on WRTI: November 1st, 1 PM

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Soprano Leah Patridge sings Roxane and baritone Marian Pop sings Cyrano.

Join us for David DiChiera's three-act opera Cyrano, based on Edmond Rostand’s celebrated stage drama of 1897 - the romantic tragedy Cyrano de Bergerac. Mark Flint conducts.

Cyrano, a nobleman with a larger-than-life personality, skilled in both the sword and the pen, is physically plain with a rather large nose. Despite his overwhelming love for the beautiful Roxane, Cyrano agrees to help his younger rival, the handsome Christian, to win her heart. From the renowned balcony scene to the moving climax, the triumph of the spiritual over the corporeal is ultimately achieved.

Cyrano, similar to Don Quixote and Don Juan, has become one of the world’s most enduring and popular literary figures. The Michigan Opera Theatre presented this opera in 2007. Join us on Saturday, November 1, 1 to 4 pm to hear the recording on WRTI.

Composed by DiChiera, to a libretto by Bernard Uzan, Cyrano was also presented by the Opera Company of Philadelphia (now Opera Philadelphia) in 2008.

Synopsis

CAST:?

Cyrano?: Marian Pop

Roxane?: Leah Partridge

Christian: Jose Luis  Sola

?De Guiche?: Peter Volpe

Lignière: Alain Coulombe

?Le Bret?: Gaetan Laperriere

Carbon?: Daniel Okulitch

The Duenna?:  Gloria Parker

Ragueneau?: Eric Johnston

Capucin?:  Torrance Blaisdell

Marquis de Cuigy?: Matthew Hayward

Marquis de Brisaille?: Daniel Okulitch