WCU presents 'The Secret Marriage' at HART

Jan 22, 2014

The Music Department of Western Carolina University is returning the the HART Stage this winter to present the Domenico Cimarosa’s opera “The Secret Marriage.”

The work has been recognized as a masterpiece from its very first performance. In 1792, King Leopold loved the premiere so much that he gave the cast a lavish dinner and had them perform it all over again. The great opera composer Giuseppe Verdi called it a “perfect comedy. Come hear what kings and geniuses have known for two centuries: it’s no secret that The Secret Marriage is an extraordinary work.

The young couple Carolina and Paulino have fallen in love and secretly married. But Carolina’s father, a wealthy merchant, in a scheme to raise their social standing, has promised her to Count Robinson. The plot is further complicated by Carolina’s aunt who loves Paulino herself.

The engine of a comic opera is fueled by complication and intrigue. True to form, The Secret Marriage flies along with twists at every turn. Come and hear this gem of a work performed in a humorous English translation. It’s no secret: Western Carolina University’s production of The Secret Marriage will wed you to the magic of opera!

The production will feature WCU Students on stage and in the orchestra. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, general admission, available at the door. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the main auditorium of the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St. in Waynesville.

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