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Matt Stump is one of the performers in the title role of UNT Opera Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd,” with performances on Friday, Sunday and next weekend.Courtesy photo
Matt Stump is one of the performers in the title role of UNT Opera Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd,” with performances on Friday, Sunday and next weekend.
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UNT Opera digs into macabre ‘Sweeney’

Composer Stephen Sondheim has never shied away from the shadows, and Sweeney Todd is no exception.

University of North Texas Opera Theatre is staging Sondheim’s popular Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The musical is about Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after having been exiled by a corrupt judge only to discover his wife killed herself and his daughter, Johanna, is being reared by the judge.

Life is hardscrabble for the London underclass, but some, like Sweeney Todd, are resourceful. Todd returns to his job as a barber, and when he meets a meat pie maker, the two devise a revolting revenge.

The musical is under the direction of Paula Homer, Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies. The UNT Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Stephen Dubberly, who will give lectures for ticketholders 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Feb. 28 and 3 p.m. Sunday and March 2.

All performances take place in the Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located along the north side of Interstate 35E. Tickets cost $15 to $35, and the $35 tickets includes dessert and wine. For tickets, call 940-369-7802 or visit www.thempac.com .

— Lucinda Breeding