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See 'Mad Ladies of the Opera' at Ashland's Paramount Arts Center

01/11/2008 - ASHLAND — The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (KSO) presents "Twisted Sisters," Mad Ladies of the Opera, on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Arts Center.

Move over Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction. These ladies have serious issues. Before movies and television regularly focused on the dark side of human interaction, opera was driving its divas over the edge in quite graphic tales and scenes.

In bringing a new feel and look to the concert stage this season, the KSO will experiment with technology (projected sets on downstage scrims) and visuals (costumed dramatizations), allowing these infamous scenes to visually and musically appear live on-stage.

Manic and colorful orchestral works by Shostakovich and Strauss will set apart scenes of madness as three ladies in opera — Lucia, Marguerite and Salome —reflect on the heinous murders they have committed.

The three women will be portrayed by the stunning, versatile soprano and actress Amy Johnson.

Leave the young ones at home for this one. Program will be: Shostakovich (arr. Conlon) Excerpts from Lady MacBeth of Mtsensk; Donizetti "Mad Scene" from Lucia di Lammermoor; Boito "L'altra notte" from Mefistofeles; and Strauss Dance of the Seven Vails and Final Scene from Salome.

For tickets ($27.50, $25, or $10) visit or call the Paramount Box Office Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 1300 Winchester Avenue, Ashland, or call 606-324-3175 or any Ticketmaster location.

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