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'Viva la Mamma!,' wild farce from Seattle Opera’s Young Artists, at SJCT Nov. 13

Adrian Rosas is Procolo and Amanda Opuszynski is Prima Donna is the Seattle Opera’s ‘Viva La Mamma!’, Nov. 13 at the San Juan Community Theatre.  - Contributed / Alan Alabastro
Adrian Rosas is Procolo and Amanda Opuszynski is Prima Donna is the Seattle Opera’s ‘Viva La Mamma!’, Nov. 13 at the San Juan Community Theatre.
— image credit: Contributed / Alan Alabastro

Professional opera singers bring a comic farce featuring Donizetti’s highly melodious music to San Juan Community Theatre on Nov. 13.

The Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program presents “Viva la Mamma!” at 7:30 p.m. on the Whittier stage.

“We’re looking forward to hearing some of the greatest voices in the state,” said Friday Harbor’s Don Pollard, who with David Ralston helped to underwrite the artists’ appearance.

“Over the years, we’ve watched many of the young artists move on to leading roles in opera companies throughout the world.”

Sung in Italian with English titles, “Viva la Mamma!” centers on the travails of an opera company trying to put on a newly-composed show. Rehearsals are under way for the very serious opera “Romolo ed Ersilia,” but a madly temperamental prima donna and her fussy husband, who is also a singer, make life miserable for their colleagues.

Hilarity abounds as Mamm’Agata proves too much for everyone involved and even the most seasoned impresario doesn’t stand a chance of holding this production together.

The Young Artists Program provides career guidance and training for young professional singers between about 22 and 32 years old. The intensive 21-week curriculum includes acting training, auditions, master classes, networking and role study.

More information, as well as a short video of opera rehearsals, can be viewed at www.seattleopera.org.

The Business Partner for the evening is Earthbox Motel. Tickets are $25 for adults, $8 for student reserved with $5 RUSH at the door. Call the box office, 378-3210, or visit www.sjctheatre.org.

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