MUSIC: WWU’s Opera Studio presents two one-act operas of World War I vintage

Western Washington University’s Opera Studio presents a double-bill of one-act operas at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, and April 24-24; and at 2 p.m. April 19 and 26 in WWU’s Performing Arts Center choir room 16.

Both premiered at the Metropolitan Opera during World War I.

“Goyescas,” by Enrique Granados, was is inspired by the works of the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya. A tragic story of love and jealousy, the colorful rhythms and sounds of Spanish poetry and music fill the stage in the exciting rarity.

Puccini’s only comedy, “Gianni Schicchi,” was based on an episode of Dante’s “Inferno.” Featuring one of opera’s best known and beloved arias, “O mio babbino caro,” it’s a hilarious, romantic comedy about one dead rich man, his greedy relatives, and a pair of young lovers.

Both operas are presented in their original languages with projected English titles. Tickets, $16 general, $13 seniors and students, are at 360-650-6146, tickets.wwu.edu and cfpa.wwu.edu/music.