It had been a few decades since aficionados could enjoy a night at the opera in Hagerstown, but that changed Friday with "Ariodante," the inaugural performance of the Hub Opera Ensemble at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.
Billed as "A tale of love, deceit, intrigue, and forgiveness," the opera tells the story of the title character, a Scottish prince in love with the King's daughter, Ginevra, and the plot by Ariodante's rival, Polinesso, to foil their romance.
It's an opera about Scottish royalty by a German-born composer, George Friederich Handel, sung in Italian, first performed in London and, in this production, updated to Chicago in the 1930s. For those whose Italian is a bit rusty, English subtitles were projected above the stage.
The opera will have a second performance Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in Kepler Theater.
"Something we feel is very near and dear to our hearts is we don't want this art form to die out," soprano Caitlin Budny said as she prepared for her role as Ginevra.