UNL Opera will get silly when it presents Gaetano Donizetti's “Don Pasquale” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Kimball Recital Hall, 11th and R streets.

Directed by William Shomos, with a student orchestra conducted by Tyler White, the opera sparkles with virtuosic singing and playful humor. The story see the miserly Don Pasquale pitted against his nephew Ernesto and Ernesto’s sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. 

Guest artist Peter Strummer, who was scheduled to play the lead role of Don Pasquale, has withdrawn from the production, and Shomos will perform the role. Graduate students Alonzo Cooper Jr. and Arica Coleman portray Ernesto and Norina, respectively.

“The opera is based on a silly story, like a lot of these 19th century comic Italian operas,” Shomos said. “You don’t want to analyze the details of the plot too much, but Donizetti’s music captures the situations in remarkable ways ennobling the opera with real heartfelt poignancy along with a lot of joy-filled fun.”

Tickets are $20 adults and $10 students and seniors and are available in advance by calling 402-472-4747 or at the door.

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