The UGA Opera Theatre will present L’Amico Fritz, Pietro Mascagni’s whimsical tale of 19th-century romance, at the university’s Fine Arts Theatre Feb. 20-21 at 8 p.m., with a special matinée performance Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $18, $5 for UGA students with a UGACard. They are available from the Performing Arts Center box office, via phone at 706-542-4400, and online at www.pac.uga.edu.
The opera tells the tale of a wealthy landowner who bets that he will never marry, wagering his entire vineyard to his best friend. When Suzel, the daughter of Fritz’s tenant, arrives on scene, things become much more complicated for the bachelor. The “Cherry Duet,” sung between Fritz and Suzel in act 2, has become a staple of operatic duet repertoire.
UGA’s production will feature Brett Pardue as the career bachelor Fritz, Isaiah Feken as his friend Rabbi David and Elisabeth Slaten as the young Suzel. The cast also includes students Marisan Corsino (Beppe), Dinesh Gurpur (Federico), Henry Adams (Hanezò), Alexis Minogue (Caterina) and the UGA Opera Ensemble Chorus.