WSU Opera Theater to present early Mozart opera

Wichita State University Opera Theater, under the direction of Alan Held, will present Mozart’s “La Finta Giardiniera” in a concert format at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 in the Miller Concert Hall of the Duerksen Fine Arts Center. The performances will be conducted by Dr. Timothy Shade, director of the School of Music with the WSU Wind Ensemble.

One of the early operas of Mozart, the piece was written when the great composer was just 18 years old. The opera foreshadows much of Mozart’s greatest writing yet to come in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Cosi fan Tutte.”  The concerts will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Tickets may be obtained online or by calling (316) 978-3233.