Carnegie Mellon's School of Music Stages "The Mikado,"
Gilbert & Sullivan's Comic Opera, Jan 21 – 24
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music presents Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera "The Mikado" in the Purnell Center's Philip Chosky Theater Jan. 21 – 24. Musical direction of the show is by Robert Page, the Paul Mellon University Professor of Music and director of Choral and Opera Studies. Performances run nightly at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 24.
"The Mikado is absolutely timeless," Page said. "Its captivating melodies, hilarious lyrics and dialogue — engaging as they are — expose the tawdry political environment of Victorian England, and at the same time present an incredible insight on the current political scene in our country."
Renowned stage designer Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama, designed the set and costumes, and Gregory Lehane, professor of drama, is the stage director.
Set in an imaginary Japanese society, The Mikado follows the story of a wandering minstrel who happens to be the son of the Mikado, or emperor, of Japan. When he falls for a girl who is already engaged, deals are struck and hilarity ensues in this light-hearted production penned by master satirists W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. The 19th-century composing duo also created such operatic classics as "The Pirates of Penzance" and "H.M.S. Pinafore," among many others.
General admission is $15, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students. For tickets, call the School of Drama Box Office at 412-268-2407.
Carnegie Mellon's School of Music educates outstanding, intellectually gifted musicians through excellence in performance, creativity, scholarship and pedagogy. The School of Music offers undergraduate degrees in music composition and instrumental, vocal and keyboard performance. Graduate degrees are offered in composition, conducting and performance, and music education. The school also offers a variety of highly acclaimed non-degree programs, such as the Performance Residency Program, the Artist Diploma Program and the Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Piano Pedagogy, Advanced Flute Studies, Orff Schulwerk and Music Education certificate programs.