Opportunity makes thieves in a musical treat

Kristin Marsh is a vocal performance major in the Music Department.Even in the 19th century, there were victims of identity theft.
Only rather than stealing credit card numbers, 200 years ago the crime involved a switch of a suitcase, as in the upcoming opera “L’Occasione fa il Ladro.” The performance is free and open to the public, and takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Brenau University’s Pearce Auditorium.
In the opera, a young count traveling to meet his pre-arranged bride leaves his suitcase at a roadside tavern. After a rousing dinner complete with drinks and song, he forgets his suitcase — and the identity fraud begins.
“The gentleman at the tavern decides to beat the count to the fiancee’s home, and claiming to be the count, win the hand of the bride,” said Dr. Barbara Steinhaus, chair of the music department at Brenau University. Steinhaus also directs the opera. “However, the young bride is not cool with this.”
Instead, she switches places with her maid to spy on this unknown man, causing confusion and comedy all the way around. in the end, all the mix-ups and mistaken identity end up happily in this one-act performance.
The opera serves as part of the senior recital for Brenau senior Jeff Akana, tenor, and as a junior recital for Brenau junior Kristin Marsh, soprano. It also will feature a guest performance by Atlanta baritone Bard Gilleland. Assistant professor Ben Leaptrott provides musical direction.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012