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Husson University's Gracie Theatre Presents Opera Star Richard Troxell

Date of Release: January 30, 2012

Husson University's Gracie Theatre will present International Opera Star Richard Troxell for an evening of Opera arias and contemporary classics on February 16th at 7:00pm. The performance will feature arias including Dovunque al Mondo and Addio Fiorito Asil, and move into some familiar Cole Porter tunes. Brief scenes from the acclaimed 1996 film Madame Butterfly in which Richard played the leading tenor, Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton will start the evening, followed by Troxell bringing the arias to life on the Gracie Stage.

Mr. Troxell's star turn as Pinkerton in the Sony Pictures release of Madame Butterfly, presented by Martin Scorsese, received high praise from film and music critics alike following its premiere in Paris in 1995, and in the U.S. in 1996. The New York Times review named Troxell's Pinkerton, "the most dramatically satisfying vocal characterization" in the film.

Richard's continued success in film is evidenced in two recently released DVDs. The latest, the DVD of the celebrated Marta Domingo production of La Rondine for the Washington Opera features Troxell as the poet Prunier—"sparkling and funny" (The Washington Post). La Rondine was also aired on the PBS series, Great Performances. On the DVD of Franco Alfano's opera Cyrano de Bergerac, Mr. Troxell portrays the handsome but dim officer Christian de Neuvillete. Filmed in Montpellier, France for L'Opera de Montpellier, the DVD has garnered outstanding reviews from Opera News, ConcertoNet and Forum Opera among others.

In addition to the concert performance, Richard will teach a master class to selected local singers the following day, February 17th, at 3:30 pm. One week later, the Gracie Theatre will host a matinee showing of the film, Madame Butterfly, on February 23rd at 2:00 pm. The master class and film are free and open to the public.

Tickets for the concert on February 16th are $15.00 each and can be ordered online at the Gracie website, gracietheatre.com or purchased at Rebecca's Gift Store, 43 Main Street, Bangor. For more information, call the Gracie box office at 941-7051.

For more information regarding this release, please call Amanda Kitchen at 207-649-4647 or kitchena@husson.edu.

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