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USM’s 'Merry Wives of Windsor' draws praise from Portland Press Herald reviewer

Student singer Rachel Shukan

The USM-produced opera, "The Merry Wives of Windsor," drew praise in a March 5 review by the Portland Press Herald's Allan Kozinn.

The review lauded student singers Rachel Shukan, Helena Crothers-Villers, David Myers Jr, Sean Arsenault, Matty Boyd, Thomas Hanlon and Logan MacDonald.

"Shukan uses her powerful, beautifully centered soprano to wonderful effect, and proves to be an intuitive comic actress as well," wrote Kozinn, a former music critic and culture writer for the New York Times. He described Crothers-Villers as "a mezzo-soprano who brings a mature fluidity to both her singing and her acting, and whose voice is interestingly textured in its lower reaches, and clear and well-supported in her upper range."

The opera is German composer Carl Otto Nicolai's reinterpretation of Shakespeare's comedy.

USM produces an opera only once every four years. Directed by Cary Libkin, "Merry Wives of Windsor" is a collaboration of the university's School of Music and the Theatre Department. 

It is being produced on the Main Stage at Russell Hall on the USM Gorham Campus. The production is scheduled to continue at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 and at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

Read Allan Kozinn's full Portland Press Herald review here.

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