Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 1:30 pm

Opera Roanoke has announced a three-production season in 2014-15 with a focus on the light and funny.

The season begins with “The Three Feathers,” co-produced with the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, which will mark the company’s debut at the new Moss Arts Center. This original children’s fairy tale opera, a collaboration between poet Dana Gioia and composer Lori Laitman, will premier October 17-19 at the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre. Tickets to shows in the Virginia Tech center’s 2014-15 season go on sale Aug. 11.

Opera Roanoke comes back to its usual home at Jefferson Center with Mozart’s Abduction, a mostly comic tale about two Spanish women abducted into a Turkish harem and the efforts of their betrothed beaus to rescue them. The performance takes place Nov. 22; tickets go on sale Aug. 1.

The season ends with Rossini’s Cinderella, a bel canto musical comedy that retells the famous Grimm Brothers fable with a wicked stepfather and a bracelet in place of a wicked stepmother and glass slippers. It’s worth pointing out that both the Mozart and Rossini operas end with notes of forgiveness, a far cry from the self-destructive tragedies that most associate with the art form. Cinderella will be performed March 20 and 22, 2015.

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