Oswego Opera Theater presents HMS Pinafore | Arts and entertainment

OSWEGO – Oswego Opera Theater presents “HMS Pinafore or, The Girl Who Loved a Sailor” on November 6-7 at the Waterman Theater on the SUNY Oswego Campus.

Due to the pandemic, the company has not been able to offer a live show all over the past year. The group however continued with two events broadcast live. One was a program of solo arias and art songs called “A Night at the Opera” last November. The other was the 18th century chamber opera “La Serva Padrona” by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, last April.

“HMS Pinafore” sets the perfect tone for the first live production. Written in 1878, WS Gilbert’s libretto features a hilarious plot characterized by a satire of the British social class system and its institutions represented by larger-than-life figures. Overall, it’s a romantic comedy, full of human weaknesses and mistaken identities. Arthur Sullivan’s music has colorful and memorable melodies with songs such as “My Name Is Little Buttercup” and “When I Was a Boy”. “Pinafore” was the first full production of the Oswego Opera Theater in 1979, the year of its creation. Just four years ago, in 2017, another Gilbert & Sullivan operetta “The Mikado” was enjoyed by audiences in Oswego.

Juan Francisco LaManna, artistic director of the company, will direct the production. The lead singers are from New York, Syracuse and Oswego. Due to COVID restrictions, the choir numbers will be sung by a sextet of selected college singers.

“HMS Pinafore” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday November 6 at 7:30 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday November 7. The Saturday night performance will also be broadcast live. For more information on tickets and more about the organization, visit the website at wwwoswegooperatheater.com.

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