(Feb. 26, 2013) -- The UTSA Lyric Theatre will present "La Calisto," a 17th century Italian opera by Francesco Cavalli, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 1 and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 3 in the Buena Vista Street Building Theater (1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.
The play, based on Greek mythology, explains the origin of the constellation of Ursa Major. The story revolves around Calisto, who catches the eye of the amorous Jupiter while living her vow of chastity.
Despite her efforts, Jupiter is wily and chooses a disguise to lure the unsuspecting Calisto into his arms, making her the target of Juno's (Jupiter's wife) jealousy and retaliation. The Baroque-style opera is in two acts.
Cast members include Kristin DeGroot (soprano) as Calisto, Kristin Richards as Diana, Rob Saldana as Jupiter and Sami Serrano as Juno. Additional roles include Denise Wathen as Nature, Geo Flores as Mercutio and Christian Silliker as Pane.
The dancing is choreographed by UTSA lecturer Michelle Pietri and the orchestra, featuring UTSA music specialist Robert Brewer on harpsichord, will be conducted by Associate Professor Eugene Dowdy. The production is directed by Associate Professor William McCrary.
Tickets are $15; $10 for students, military and seniors (age 55+) with current ID. Groups of 12 or more have a special rate of $5 each.
>> For advance tickets, visit music.utsa.edu or call 210-458-5685.
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