New Music Central – Menotti’s “The Old Maid & the Thief”
20 May 2019 - Chemistry
Presented in the style of an old-fashioned radio play, please join University of Canterbury School of Music staff and students for this performance of The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian-Carlo Menotti.
The Old Maid and the Thief is a one-act opera divided into 14 scenes. It follows a few weeks in the life of Miss Todd, an upstanding citizen yet gossipy busybody. We learn that she has not had a romantic interlude for over forty years. She lives alone with her maid Laetitia a pretty, young woman who is terrified of becoming an old maid like her employer. It is clear Miss Todd is regularly visited by another nosey gossip, Miss Pinkerton. During one such visit there is a knock at the back door announcing the arrival of Bob, a beggar. Love, lies, theft and manipulation abound as this story unfolds!
Featuring performances by Hayley Tait, Yumeka Hildreth, Charisa Chen and Daniel Cooper. Accompanied by Iola Shelley and narrated by Naomi Ferguson, this performance is directed by School of Music staff member Zara Ballara.
Date: Monday 20 May 2019
Time: 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Venue: Recital Room, University of Canterbury Arts at the Arts Centre, Chemistry building, 3 Hereford St, Christchurch.