Tickets Available for Spring Artist Series Event

Asbury's spring Artist Series event features the UK Opera Theater.
Asbury's spring Artist Series event features the UK Opera Theater.

In the final Asbury University Artist Series performance of the academic year, the University of Kentucky Opera Theater will present Verdi’s “Falstaff” at the Lexington (Ky.) Opera House on Feb. 24. The general public may order tickets at ukoperatheatre.org, and Asbury University students, staff and faculty may sign up for free tickets via the information at the end of this story.

In preparation for the event, Asbury University professors Ron Holz (Music) and Dan Strait (English) will offer a pre-concert lecture about the opera on Friday, Feb. 17 (3-3:50 p.m.) in Reasoner Hall room 214 on the Asbury University campus in Wilmore. These lectures are free and open to the public.

First performed in the 1890s, “Falstaff” is a comic opera based on a character in several of Shakespeare’s plays. More than a simple farce, the opera’s score and subtle themes have anchored it in the repertoire of major theaters for decades.

“A great musical drama — whether opera or musical theater — maintains its place on the stage primarily because both the music and the ‘book’ (libretto, text) transcend a particular generation,” Holz said. “In other words, they are truly great and can be shown to be excellent on so many levels. Listeners need to understand how complex this work is, despite the fast-paced farce it can seem to be throughout a good deal of its unfolding. ‘Falstaff’ is both lots of fun and a work that makes us reflect and think about the human condition.”

The opera will be performed in Italian; translation will be provided, however. For any additional information or questions regarding this Artist Series event, please contact Faye Montgomery at fmontgomery@asbury.edu or call (859) 858-3511, ext. 2250.

Asbury University tickets: Asbury University students, staff and faculty may sign up for free tickets now through Jan. 31 through Faye Montgomery in the music office (hours are 9 a.m. to noon, and 1-4 p.m.). Also, students may choose a seat and sign up for tickets at the cafeteria during lunch on Jan. 31. To facilitate transportation and parking, three coaches will be available at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. Seats must be reserved in the Fine Arts office by Feb. 9.

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