The Reinhardt University opera program presented “The Mikado” over the weekend. The program develops and prepares students for professional roles in opera and they must go through demanding training to develop their voices for their careers. Students must also learn to act, create sets and costumes, and to stage the performance.
“The Mikado” is about Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado of Japan, who fled his father’s imperial court a year before the action of the opera begins. He left to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he met and fell in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of KoKo, a cheap tailor in the town of Titipu. Yum-Yum already was betrothed to her guardian, and Nanki-Poo left Titipu in despair.