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Robert Aldridge opera ‘Elmer Gantry’ to have Minnesota premiere Nov. 18 at U of M

The opera “Elmer Gantry” by Robert Aldridge will get its Minnesota premiere Nov. 18-21 at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall. It’s presented by the School of Music’s University Opera Theatre.

Shows are Nov. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

Before the evening performances, there will be pre-show discussions at 6:45 p.m. with composer Robert Aldridge and librettist Herschel Garfein in the Ted Mann Concert Hall lobby.

The 2005 opera is based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis’ 1927 satirical novel of evangelical religion and revivalism. A 1960 film based on the book starred Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons.

In the opera, J.D. Steele will perform the role of the Revival Singer. Directing will be David Walsh, University Opera Theatre director and School of Music professor. The conductor will be Mark Russell Smith, School of Music professor and artistic director of orchestral studies.

“Elmer Gantry.” University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall; Nov. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $22 general admission; $12 for U of M students; two-for-one tickets for U of M students, faculty, alumni, staff, and retirees.

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