University relaunches opera program

University relaunches opera program

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Nevada Chamber Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s topsy-turvy musical comedy H.M.S. Pinafore on Nov. 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. in Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building, on campus. Designed and directed by the creative team from the University’s recent hits The Threepenny Opera, A…My Name Is Alice, and Godspell, this new production of H.M.S. Pinafore is directed by Sue Klemp, musically directed by Damon Stevens, and choreographed by Barbara Land.

H.M.S. Pinafore is Gilbert and Sullivan’s funniest, most glorious musical theatre creation with classic characters and exhilarating music. Fall in love aboard Her Majesty's Ship, “Pinafore,” as the crew busily prepares for the arrival of Sir Joseph Porter, the ruler of the Queen's Navy, who is betrothed to the captain's charming daughter, Josephine. She, however, is in love with a handsome but lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw. They make plans to elope, but Dick Deadeye, the ugliest sailor in the Royal Navy, overhears the plot. Will Dick's evil machinations lay waste to Ralph and Josephine's plans? And what of Little Buttercup, the woman who hides a dark secret? Find out if love conquers all in this glorious production of a classic tale told with laughter, love and lunacy.

The 2008-2009 season marks the relaunching of the University’s opera program as Nevada Chamber Opera under its new Artistic Director, Damon Stevens. Nevada Chamber Opera’s expanded season features Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, and a free song recital, The Mélodies of Gabriel Fauré. Nevada Chamber Opera features the regional rising stars of the opera world in all-English productions.

Tickets for the event are $15 general admission and $7 students. They are available (without a convenience fee) at the campus’ Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., lower level entrance, Monday - Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 1 pm.; or at the Church Fine Arts Building box office on campus, one hour prior to performances. Tickets are available (with a convenience fee) online or by calling 1-(800) 225-2277.

Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Brian Whalen Parking Complex, north of Church Fine Arts. For handicap parking needs, call Parking and Transportation Services at (775) 784-4654. A patron drop-off area is adjacent to Nightingale Concert Hall on North Virginia Street, near College Drive.

For a copy of the University’s arts365 calendar or more information about the exhibits and performances, visit their website, call (775) 784-4ART or 1-(800) 233-8928, or email

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