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Need a boost of beautiful music? Don’t miss ‘Gems of the Bel Canto Era’

Float away to old Italy with the crystalline voices of Opera Chapman students when they present Gems of the Bel Canto Era on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m., in Salmon Recital Hall.

The program will feature the audience-pleasing sounds of early 19th century Italian opera, an era dominated by three immensely talented and popular composers: Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini.

“These men knew exactly what their audiences wanted to hear and delivered it in abundance,” says Peter Atherton, D.M.A., associate professor, and director of Operatic Studies in the Conservatory of Music in the College of Performing Arts.

Gems of the Bel Canto Era will feature scenes, arias and duets from Bellini’s Il Pirata, La Sonnambula, I Puritani and Norma, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale and Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

Tickets are $10-$15. Order online at www.chapman.edu/copa or call the University Ticket Office at 714-997-6812, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dawn Bonker

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