Lyric Opera Preview on September 30 Celebrates Great Music at Governors State University Center for the Performing Arts

Rose Guccione
Rose Guccione. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- For the third consecutive year, Governors State University Center for Performing Arts begins 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 Sunday, September 30, at 4 p.m.

Four talented singers – soprano Rose Guccione, mezzo soprano Janet Mensen Reynolds, tenor Ken Donovan, and baritone Keven Keys – will perform highlights from the Lyric Opera’s 2012-2013 season. Selections will include arias and ensembles from “Elektra” by Strauss, “Simon Boccanegra” by Verdi, “Werther” by Massenet, “Don Pasquale” by Donizetti, “Hansel and Gretel” by Humperdink, “Rigoletto” by Verdi, and “La Boheme” by Puccini.

Host and narrator John Concepcion will again 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 an unique musical experience for audience members. 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 delicious Viennese-style desserts, are also available during the show.

Tickets for the Lyric Opera Preview are $35. To purchase tickets, or for further information, contact the GSU Center box office at www.centertickets.net or (708) 235-2222. The box office is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and two hours prior to performances.

Multibuy/Megabuy packages are available at GSU Center. Choose any three or four shows and receive the Multibuyer discount; choose any five or more shows and receive the Megabuy discount. In addition to big 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.

As the Center for Performing Arts enters its 18th season, audiences will again experience the best in music, dance, theater, family fare, opera, and children’s programming. GSU Center remains committed to offering world-class performances that are affordable and close to home for audiences in the Chicago Southland region. During the 2012-2013 season, shows at GSU Center are supercharged with relevant themes, top-notch performers, and a diverse explosion of cultures, genres, and styles.

GSU Center is located on the campus of Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois. For further information, contact the box office at www.centertickets.net or (708) 235-2222.