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It’s ‘Much Ado About’ — opera?

Puget Sound Concert Opera - Contributed photo
Puget Sound Concert Opera
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An innovative concert opera format will be on display when Puget Sound Concert Opera presents the opera “Beatrice and Benedict”, Saturday, April 20, at the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, beginning at 5 p.m.

Based on Shakespeare’s comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing”, Béatrice et Bénédict is the tale of two young people who hide their attraction to one another by fighting incessantly—until all their friends conspire to trick them into marrying.

Set to the gorgeous music of Hector Berlioz, sung in French with a narration in English, the performance promises to be both charming and amusing.

The cast includes Deborah Blakesley and Colin Ward in the title roles, with Courtney Ruckman, Amber Rose Johnson and Ryan Bede. The concert is arranged and conducted by Bernard Kwiram with a chamber ensemble and piano.

Suggested donations are $20 general, $10 students and seniors. For more information, contact Artistic Director Regina Thomas at 206.370.1531, or


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