Live music is a huge improvement on canned music, which takes up valuable pantry space and often spoils into noxious free jazz. Keep it fresh with this Groupon: for $10, you get one ticket to Opera 101, presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s church (a $20 value).
Tinkling ivories underscore a quartet of acclaimed singers during Opera 101, an aural homage to the verismo-style operas that shifted the art form from antiquated romanticism to relevant depictions of everyday life. Sonic samplers from the works of Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, and Giacomo Puccini swell throughout the humanistic collection, and veteran narrator Vivian Weede commands the evening with her voice, a powerful instrument used by action-movie producers when “The Ride of the Valkyries” just won’t do. Themes of love, jealousy, and murder echo across thrilling pieces from Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and ll Tabarro, with the cast’s acrobatic caterwauls infusing each aria with unbridled passion and modern-day resonance.
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