The University of Arkansas at Monticello Music Theater Workshop will present two one-act operas at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17, at the UAM Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
A Little Nightmare Music by P. D. Q. Bach and the Old Maid and the Thief by Gian-Carlo Menotti will both be performed each night, according to a news release.
“A Little Nightmare Music, fatefully edited by Professor Peter Schickele, is an opera in one irrevocable act concerning the mysteries surrounding the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,” according to the release. “In P. D. Q.’s telling of the story, Mozart was indeed poisoned by his rival Antonio Salieri, but not for the reason everyone assumes. Perhaps the truth lies in P. D. Q.’s infamous weakness for wine.”
“In The Old Maid and the Thief, which Menotti dedicated to his own mother, Miss Todd lets her romantic imagination run wild when a handsome young stranger knocks on her kitchen door,” according to the release. “Encouraged by her manipulative maid, Laetitia, who also has a romantic interest in the young stranger, Miss Todd attempts to prove she is daring and brave and would make him a wonderful wife by vowing, ‘I shall steal, I shall lie, I shall kill.’ Sadly, this relationship can only end badly.”
Admission is free for UAM students, faculty and staff as well as children under 12. Tickets for students 12 and older are $5. Adult tickets are $10. Details: 870-460-1060.