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URI faculty, students, and alumni featured in Opera Providence production

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 2, 2006 -- Many University of Rhode Island faculty, students and alumni are music lovers. In fact, a number of them will be featured in Opera Providence’s two Italian one-act operas being performed Friday, Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. at the Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, Providence. Tickets range from $15 to $50.

The operas are Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni, a story of illicit love and revenge on a dramatic Easter morning and Suor Angelica, by Giacomo Puccini, a story of faith, injustice and grace--a bittersweet tale of a young woman banished to a convent for her indiscretion.

The URI community members are:

Faculty: Mark Conley, Chorus master and Rene de la Garza, performing the part of Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana.

Alumni: Georgette Hutchins, performing the part of Mamma Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana and the part of La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica; Kara Lund, performing the part of the first Touriere in Suor Angelica and the part of Lola in Cavalleria rusticana; and Joyll Smith, performing the part of Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica.

Students: Chorus members in Cavalleria rusticana: John Brownell, economics major; Carrie Koslofsky, music major; Amy Van Keuren, political science major; and Chris Tufts, music major.

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling Opera Providence 401-331-6060