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GSU Department of Music presents Opera - The Crucible by Robert Ward

The student cast of the Georgia Southern Opera (GSO) and student members of the Georgia Southern Symphony will offer a free public performance of Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize-winning American opera “The Crucible” on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 847 Plant Drive.


The GSO’s cast is joined by faculty member and alumna Jillian Durant in the role of Abigail and guest tenor.


The Arthur Miller play, on which the opera was based, takes place during the 1692 Salem witch trials and was written as an allegory for McCarthyism and the Red Scare, which occurred in the United States in the 1950s. Miller was himself questioned by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1956.

In the performance, several women and men in the town of Salem are accused of witchcraft by a group of young girls led by Abigail Williams. Her jealousy of John Proctor's wife, Elizabeth, leads Abigail to accuse Elizabeth of witchcraft. John himself is eventually accused and hangs rather than confessing, proclaiming that he would rather die than sully his family's name.

“‘The Crucible’ has become a popular classic in American opera for good reason,” said Arikka Gregory, DMA, director of the GSO. “The score is lush, challenging and powerful, yet so well-suited to the text and idiom that the ear seems to somehow recognize music it has not heard before. And the timeless story, though well-known by many, never loses its impact."   

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Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Performing Arts Center 847 Plant Drive, Statesboro, Georgia

Event Type

Arts, Culture and Entertainment


College of Arts and Humanities




Free and open to the public.


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