, the Pulitzer prize-winning opera about the Salem witch trials based upon Arthur Miller’s famous play. “The parts of the play which tend to get talky and a little preachy, vanish,” says Ross. “We go right to the emotional heart of the piece.” The opera, with music by the late Robert Ward, features a large ensemble cast that is perfect for university productions but a little more daunting for professional companies, who would have to pay their cast. 7:30 p.m. October 21, 22 and 24; 2 p.m. October 23. University of Houston, 120 School of Music Building. For information, call 713-743-3313 or visit uh.edu/cota/music/opera
. $12 to $20.
The trial scene in which John Proctor is finally accused along with so many others of consorting with Satan “is the most thrilling,” says Buck Ross, director of Moores Opera Center. Yet somehow it is the last act, in which the hero of the piece is in prison himself, “that tops it,” Ross says. University of Houston voice students are readying themselves for