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Sondheim’s “Passion” Comes to the Susquehanna Stage

Published on April 17, 2013

Susquehanna University’s Opera Studio will perform “Passion,” one of Stephen Sondheim’s most deeply moving works, on April 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., and April 28 at 2:30 p.m.Opera The show, presented by the departments of music and theatre, will take place in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

“Passion” is a musical with music and lyrics written by Sondheim and staged by James Lapine. It is based on the film "Passione d'Amore" directed by Ettore Scola.

The performance will be directed by W. Douglas Powers, associate professor of theatre, and conducted by David Steinau, associate professor of music.

“Passion” takes place at a remote military outpost in post-World War II Italy, where a handsome army captain, separated from his beautiful—but married—mistress, is forced to re-evaluate his beliefs about love when he becomes the object of the obsessive, unrelenting passions of Fosca, his colonel’s plain, sickly cousin.

Premiering on Broadway in 1994, “Passion” won the Tony Award for best musical that year. It is operatic in scope and is performed in one act without pause, according to Steinau. “This is a rare opportunity to hear one of Sondheim’s most beautiful scores in a full production,” he said.

The Opera Studio will be accompanied by a full orchestra. Susquehanna music and theatre majors make up the cast.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $7 for non-SU students. Tickets are available at the Degenstein Campus Center box office or by calling 570-372-ARTS.

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