BOSTON — Auburn native Lori L’Italien will appear as Petra in Boston Opera Collaborative’s production of “A Little Night Music,” playing Feb. 5-7 and 12-14 at Massachusetts College of Art.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, “A Little Night Music” is set in turn of the century Sweden. It is a tale of missed opportunities, second chances and the follies of love.

L’Italien is a 1999 graduate of Edward Little High School, where she was active in the choral, drama and band programs. She graduated from the University of Maine in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in music education and taught for two years. In 2009, she graduated from Longy School of Music in Cambridge with a master’s degree in opera performance. She is now actively performing and teaching in the Boston area.

This will be L’Italien’s third show with Boston Opera Collaborative, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging singers, directors, conductors, theater technicians and other artists.

She performed as Mistress of Novices in “Suor Angelica” in October of 2008 and covered the role of Mercedes in the collaborative’s 2009 summer production of “Carmen.”

L’Italien is also performing with MetroWest Opera as Third Spirit in its upcoming production of “The Magic Flute.” Most recently, she played the role of The Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” with the Indian Hill Opera.

She also participated in PortOpera’s 2008 Maine Emerging Artist Program in Portland, where she portrayed Dame Doleful in “Too Many Sopranos” and covered the role of Stephano on the main stage production of “Romeo et Julliette.”

The opera performer is the daughter of Kathleen L’Italien of Auburn and Gary L’Italien of Minot. Her grandfather, Ralph Lashua of Auburn, is also talented musically and still actively plays guitar with his group at nursing homes throughout Lewiston-Auburn.

“A Little Night Music” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday in Tower Auditorium, Mass Art, 621 Huntington Ave. Tickets are $25 for general admission; $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by calling (617) 517-5883 or at www.bostonoperacollaborative.org.


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