Norman opera company will present 'Iolanthe'

The Cimarron Opera will present Gilbert and Sullivan's “Iolanthe” July 6-8 in Norman.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 13, 2012
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Tickets are on sale for the Cimarron Opera's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's “Iolanthe.”

Performances are at 8 p.m. July 6 and 7, and 2 p.m. July 7 and 8 at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 Stubbeman Ave.

“Iolanthe” is a story about a band of immortal fairies who find themselves at odds with the House of Peers. The comic opera also involves the star-crossed love between Stephon, son of the exiled fairy Iolanthe, and Phyllis, a ward of the lord chancellor.

“Often audiences view opera as an inaccessible art form, and our goal at Cimarron Opera is to show that opera is fun, entertaining and can be truly funny,” Executive Director Shari Ransley said.

The innovations of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta represent a major force in the creation of musical theater, Ransley said.

“These productions represent some of the form and style of musical theater while keeping intact the quality of music and vocal talent audiences expect from grand opera,” she said.

The performances will feature singers from the local community, aspiring professional singers and singers from several universities in the metro area.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets, go to www.cimarronopera.org or call 364-8962.