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The Digital Music Ensemble will perform Miles Davis' album in its entire-
ty tonight at the U-Club in the Michigan Union. Come hear a live rendition
of "Bitches Brew," fusion's premiere work by the University's incredible
Ensemble. The performance begins at 9 p.m. and it's free. For more infor-
mation, call 763-3181.

Friday
March 28, 1997

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By Chrlstopher Tkaczyk
Campus Arts Editor
Superb and outstanding are a few
choice words that come to mind when
describing the School of Music's Spring
Opera "The Marriage of Figaro.'
Directed by Opera Workshop head Joshua
Major, this produc- _
t n is an excellent R
ion of Mozart's
classic tale.
With a plot of
sexual scandal that Mende
changes often dur-
ing the opera's four
acts, the story relates the tale of a servant,
Figaro, who is engaged to be married to
Susanna, the Countess Almaviva's cham-
bermaid. Count Almaviva, Figaro's mas-
wants to reclaim the traditional right
laving his way with Susanna on her
wedding night, before Figaro and
Susanna can commiserate their love. The
count had previously abolished this right,
believing it to be cruel and unnecessary.
But he becomes infatuated with Susanna,
and secretly wishes to attain that right
again. When the countess learns of her

igaro' entices, thrills

husband's plans, she and Susanna plot to
trick him at his own game.
Portraying Figaro was Allen Schrott, a
doctoral student in Voice Performance.
Schrott's depiction was very youthful and
energetic. His deep baritone was pleasing
to hear and delighted audiences during
the opera's opening
. VIEW night.
Equally com-
ie Marriage pelling was gradu-
of Figaro ate student Hiroko
ssohn Theater Sasagawa, whose
March 26,1997 rich soprano
brought a new

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Deborah Lifton, as the servant/villager
Barbarina, provided the opera with her
beautiful soprano voice. It can only be
hoped that audiences will be lucky to
see more of her talent in future opera
productions.
Kate Fitzpatrick, as Cherubino,
brought great comic relief as well as gor-
geous voice to "Figaro.' As the pageboy,
which is a "pants role" (a male role
played by a female), Fitzpatrick delight-
ed the audience with her Act I rendition
of the love letter aria, which was execut-
ed dynamically and with great skill.
As the Count and Countess
Almaviva, Gary Moss and Jennifer
Fitch, respectively, represented the
higher order of social structure well.
Fitch's acting was highly believable,
and her singing proved even fairer. Her
performance of the Countess's Act III
aria caught the audience's attention and
demanded their respect. Her compas-
sion and emotion were reflected within
her performance of the song.
If you love opera, then don't miss
"Figaro." If you don't like opera at all,
then this is the chance to see a show that

childlike quality to Susanna. Her phys-
ical actions made Susanna very youth-
ful as well, completing the romantic
duo with Figaro.
An approving nod must be given to
Daniel Paradowski, whose turn as the
drunken gardener Antonio proved to be
one of the show's best highlights. His
comedic talent made the show even
more entertaining.
The best singing of the evening came
from two of the smaller roles in the
show - Barbarina and Cherubino.

From left: William Gustafson, Kate Fitzpatrick and Hiroko Sasagawa star In "The Marriage of Figaro" at the Mendelssohn Theater.

will change your opinion.
The opera has been double-cast with
one cast performing Wednesday, Friday

Opera diva Bartoli
makes A2 appearance

By Stephanie Love
Daily Arts Writer
Sorry New York, you're out of luck.
The Metropolitan Opera will have to
wait for mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli
*perform again. After singing the role
of Despina in the March 12 perfor-
mance of Mozart's
"Cosi' Fan Tutte," P
Bartoli pulled out P R
of the Saturday C
afternoon broad-
cast on March 15.
Diva syndrome?
According to the
New York Times, the Met has its suspi-
J s. But Bartoli blamed her with-
wal on a bad back.
Despite the stir at the Met, the fully
recovered Bartoli returns to Ann Arbor
on Saturday for her third UMS recital.
Bartoli's performance has been sold
out since early October and will include
works from Vivaldi, Schubert, Pauline
Viardot, Leo Delibes and Rossini.
But even without a ticket for the con-
cert, Bartoli enthusiasts can still see her
*ring her brief stop in Ann Arbor. She
will be at Borders tonight between 6:30
and 9:00 signing copies of her albums,
including her latest release, "Chant

D'Amour" In addition, Bartoli will take
part in a Master of Arts interview with
Susan Nisbett, the Ann Arbor News, and
Ken Fischer, UMS President, at
Rackham on Friday at 4:00. The event is
free but requires a ticket.

While Bartoli

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eCilia Bartoli
Saturday at 8 p.m.
Hill Auditorium
';Tickets are sold out

began singing in the
U.S. only seven
years ago, she has
taken the operatic
world by storm.
She has performed
on many of the
world's most presti-
gious stages,

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Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bar toll will perform to a sold-out Hill audience on Saturday.

and Sunday, and the other on Thursday "The Marriage of Figaro" has been
and Saturday. added on Sunday at 6pm. For addition
An additional performance of al information call 764-0450.
Robotic Servotron
makes trip to Earth

including La Scala, the Opera Bastille
de Paris, and the Liceo in Barcelona.
Bartoli made her long-awaited Met
debut in February 1996 as Despina, the
worldly wise chamber-maid in
Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte." The role,
though not traditionally the gate to
stardom, is one of Bartoli's favorites.
Despina was also the role she felt
ready to handle in the Met's cavernous
4,000 seat auditorium, the same role
which she withdrew from two weeks
ago.
Bartoli had her first operatic role as
an offstage shepherd boy in "Tosca"
when she was 9 years old, but didn't

By Ted Watts
For the Daily
Once upon a time, in a land called
The South, there was little going on in
music that wasn't boring. Then there
came a wonderful flowering bush of
instrumental damage named Man ... or
Astroman? More
recently, with a P R
couple of well-
placed graftings,
said bush has
found new viru- Tonig
lence in the form For more info,
of Servotron.
You all know. Servotron, our new
robot masters. Oh, wait. They're in the
process of becoming our robot masters.
Right now they're just robotic-type
power-mongers. Guitarist and singer
OOZX1 (Machine 3) explains: "I was
brought into the Servotron Robot
Allegiance for entertainment and pro-
paganda. With my record as a human
being an entertainer, the Master
Computer felt it would be advantageous
for him to create a cyborg slave out of
my human shell. We have two complete
immaculate robots in the Servotron out-
fit right now: Machine 2, Proto-unit V-
3 is a wonderful makeup of the repro-

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ductive human. She takes the shape of a
female, enticing most of the male
humans into joining the Allegiance, day
after day."
The band is not the invincible
mechanical force they would like you to
believe, however. In his recent inter-
view with The
Sv i E w Michigan Daily,
EOOZX was improp-
Servotron erly shielded against
at the Magic Stick the wintry weather
with Pansy Division around him. "The
all (313) 833-9700 weather is not one of
our weaknesses if we
are properly programmed. There are
small disadvantages. We can probably
blame largely the human slaves that ser-
vice us of making this miscalculation."
So, the subject of underlings is clear;
every human is one. The choice of who
to look up to, when the options are the
Borg or Decepticons, is also clear to
OOZXI. "The Borg was a good repre-
sentation. Not in the movies and shows,
where you see the Borg losing the bat-
tIes. Those were the edited versions for
the humans. There's a lot of uncut ver-
sions, also like "The Terminator," that
are circulating through the robot com-
munity."

start singing seriously until she was 17.
Bartoli's mother, soprano Silvana
Bazzoni, has been her only teacher of
vocal technique. She worked on musi-

cal interpretation with her father, tenor
Angelo Bartoli. Not bad considering
Bartoli's career took off when she was
20.

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Indie-pop Push Kings load up for area shows

By Victoria Salipand.
For the Daily
Harvard University. With the exception of Weezer's
Rivers Cuomo, it's not exactly known as a rock mecca
full of hipster musicians. But like any other college,
the occasional band always appears wanting to have
fun and write music with the hopes of maybe making

it big one day. In the case of the
Push Kings, an indie-pop band of
four current and former Harvard
undergrads, the focus is on the
fun. Just try interviewing them.
"The simple story is that it
existed for a little while with a
different bass player. I transferred

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Saturd
Sunday at the Gi
For info, call 313-83

amid different stories concerning the band's formation
all involving a fight at a party.
While the band's earlier sound was easily compara-
ble to Pavement (an early 7-inch release even included
liner notes from one Steve Malkmus), the band's first
full-length, self-titled release finds the Push Kings
going for more of a hi-fi'60s pure-pop sound similar to
The Beatles and The Beach Boys.
"I think it was gradual. It
turned out that some of the
Push Kings Pavement stuff and some of the
ay at oot's in Detroit later stuff that we released sound-
reen Room in Ypsilanti ed a lot different to people, but
3-9700 and 482-9774 there were a lot of songs in
between that were kind of a grad-
ual transition. In the end, the way we look at it, we
were kind of always working towards a sound similar
to what we have now," drummer Dave Benjamin said
of the change in styles.

"We were sloppy. We got tired of being to-fi I think;'
said songwriter/guitarist Carrick Moore Gerety.
"To me, that was more of the Pavement comparison
than necessarily the songs," added Benjamin.
Filled with catchy, hooked-filled pop songs, "Push
Kings" doesn't overwhelm listeners with noise, but
rather creates a fun sound able to put anyone in a good
mood with songs about babysitters, Florida and No. 1
Motown songs.
Lyrically, Moore Gerety shares the songwriting
tasks on the album with his brother Finn.
"I have to sort of make up fictional stories to write
songs about because there's isn't enough interesting
stuff just happening in my life. Finn probably writes
more about his real life;' explained Moore Gerety.
"They're all about girls to a certain extent;"he added.
Live, the Push Kings definitely put on one energetic
show. Don't miss your chance to see them in a small
place like the Green Room before they get big.

to Harvard not long after that, the other bass player
was kicked out. They knew I could play guitar, so they
asked me to try bass and I did," explained bassist Matt
Fishbeck, a former University of Michigan student,

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