By Mary Getchell, Communications Director, Pierce County Library System
Two fascinating dramas will thrill music and theater lovers during free opera previews at two Pierce County Libraries in April. Opera expert Norm Hollingshead will share an entertaining and enthusiastic free preview of the Seattle Opera productions of Francis Poulenc’s “La Voix Humaine” and Giacomo Puccini’s “Suor Angelica.” Friends of the Libraries sponsor these free events.
Gig Harbor Pierce County Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive N.W.
Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m.
Lakewood Pierce County Library, 6300 Wildaire Road S.W.
Wednesday, April 24, 7 p.m.
In this exciting pair of Seattle Opera premieres, two very different composers explore the fates of women who must come to grips with grave disappointment. In Poulenc’s sensual, captivating 40-minute monodrama, a desperate woman is shunned by her lover over the telephone and stumbles through a minefield of emotions towards an unknown fate. In Puccini’s sentimental one act, a noble-born woman who has joined a convent is disowned by her family, takes poison in despair, and miraculously passes into a state of grace.