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Guest Artist to Perform in UW-Eau Claire
Opera Production

RELEASED: Feb. 14, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — Guest artist Tanya Kruse will play the lead role in four of seven performances of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's production of the one-act opera "Suor Angelica." The opera will be presented as one of a set of two one-acts, along with "Gianni Schicchi." Both operas are by Giacomo Puccini and will be performed in English.

Kruse, noted for her soaring soprano voice, will play the role of Sister Angelica, a young woman banished to live in a convent after giving birth to an illegitimate child. After seven years in the convent with no word from her family, Sister Angelica receives a visitor that informs her of her child’s death. The news throws Sister Angelica into despair and drives her to take her own life in a moving final scene.

In the spring of 2003, Kruse played the role of Cio-Cio San in the Skylight Opera Theatre of Milwaukee's production of "Madama Butterfly." Tom Strini of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote that he fell for Tanya Kruse when she sang 'just love me a little.'"

"Kruse's acting was so right as to be invisible," wrote Strini. "Her singing combined unreserved commitment with complete technical control; that thrilling paradox so rarely achieved, is the main reason we go to the opera. Those of us lucky enough to see and hear her at the Skylight will never forget that Tanya Kruse is a great Madame Butterfly."

Kruse, a native of Waukesha, received her bachelor of arts degree from Luther College and her master of music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2002 she was named a winner at the Wisconsin Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Notable performances by Kruse include Fiordiligi in Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte" with the Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy; Rosalinda in "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss at the Pine Mountain Music Festival; and in Cincinnati in the title role in Dvorak's "Rusalka," sung in Czech. She currently teaches as part of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee’s voice faculty.

UW-Eau Claire senior Anna Nummelin, Stevens Point, will sing the lead role in three performances of "Suor Angelica."

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26 and March 3-5, with a matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6.

Mitra Sadeghpour, assistant professor of music and theater arts, is stage directing, with Nobuyoshi Yasuda, assistant professor of music, conducting.

Support for the appearance of Kruse has been provided by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program, with additional grant support from the UW-Eau Claire Opera Workshop, UW-Eau Claire Voice Area, and the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (800) 949-UWEC, are $10 for the general public, $8 for those 62 and older, $7 for children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID, and $6 for students with a university ID.

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