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GSU’s Lyric Opera Preview is celebration of music

Rose Guccione

Rose Guccione

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LYRIC OPERA PREVIEW

◆ 4 p.m. Sept. 30

◆ The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University, off University Parkway east of Governors Highway, University Park

◆ Tickets, $35

◆ (708) 235-2222; centertickets.net

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Updated: October 29, 2012 6:25AM



For the third consecutive year, Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts will begin its popular Opera Up Close series with a celebrated quartet of singers from the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The Lyric Opera Preview returns to the Center for Performing Arts stage for one performance only on Sept. 30.

Four singers — soprano Rose Guccione, mezzo-soprano Janet Mensen Reynolds, tenor Ken Donovan and baritone Keven Keys — will perform highlights from the Lyric Opera’s 2012-13 season.

Selections will include arias and ensembles from “Elektra” by Richard Strauss, “Simon Boccanegra” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Werther” by Jules Massenet, “Don Pasquale” by Gaetano Donizetti, “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdink, “Rigoletto” by Verdi, and “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini.

Host and narrator John Concepcion again will provide insight into each opera and its highlights, taking the audience on a musical journey across the world and through the ages.

“Opera Up Close offers a unique musical experience for audience members,” officials said. “Instead of experiencing the music from the perspective of the auditorium, patrons at Opera Up Close are seated onstage for an unforgettable vantage point as superb artists perform some of the world’s most beautiful music.”

Refreshments including Viennese-style desserts also are available during the show.

The box office is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturdays and two hours prior to performances.

Multibuy/Megabuy packages are available at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University.

Patrons can choose any three or four shows and receive the Multibuyer discount or choose any five or more shows and receive the Megabuy discount.

In addition to savings, package holders receive ticket-exchange privileges with 72-hour notice or more, priority seating and more.

Packages are available for purchase through the box office only and are not currently available online.

With the Center for Performing Arts in its 18th season, audiences will experience music, dance, theater, family fare, opera and children’s programming.

Officials said the venue remains committed to offering world-class performances that are affordable and close to home for audiences in the Southland.

“During the 2012-13 season, shows at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts are supercharged with relevant themes, topnotch performers and a diverse explosion of cultures, genres and styles,” officials said.



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