I will be singing with Valley Light Opera in a concert version of The Rose of Persia or The Story-Teller and the Slave, written by Basil Hood and music by Arthur Sullivan, to benefit the Amherst Regional Middle School stage on Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 8PM at Amherst Regional Middle School. Tickets may be obtained at the door on the night of the performance. The suggested donation is $10/person, with proceeds going towards the purchase of new curtains for the Middle School stage.
The dress rehearsal will be Thursday, February 26 at 7:45PM as part of of Valley Light Opera's Annual Meeting and is open to all members of Valley Light Opera. Memberships are $10 for an individual membership and $15 for a family membership.
The Rose of Persia is the last opera which Sullivan completed. It opened at the Savoy Theatre on November 29, 1899, to an enthusiastic review in The Times of London and went on to become the most successful Savoy opera of the 1890s. After a run of 220 performances, it went on tour in both England and the United States. Although Basil Hood was hailed by some as the "new Gilbert", only three more of his works were produced by D'Oyly Carte at the Savoy.