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Nickel City Opera postpones one of its two operas

Nickel City Opera's production of Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love," scheduled for Nov. 8 at Babeville and Nov. 9 at the Fredonia Opera House, has been postponed.  The company's production of Richard Wargo's comedy "The Music Shop," taking place in Springville Center For the Arts at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 and at Nichols School's Flickinger Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. Nov. 19, will go on as scheduled.

“Given the difficult state that many arts organizations are in, it is sometimes a possibility that one show or production becomes a victim to budgets and shortfalls," said Valerian Ruminski, the general director of Nickel City Opera, as he made the announcement. "Unfortunately, 'Elixir' at Babeville-Buffalo is now such a casualty and will be postponed until next spring. We are disappointed with this decision but we find it to be a better course and will now be focusing our resources on ‘The Music Shop.'"

"The Music Shop," based on a short story by Chekhov, is a one-act comedy, sung in English with full sets, costumes and chorus. With its wealth of musical styles, it is described as educational as well as funny. It stars Ruminski, whose comic gifts are well known, alongside Sheryl Heather Cohen, Ubaldo Feliciano-Hernandez, and Melissa Parks.

For ‘The Elixir of Love" refunds, contact Babeville at 852-3835 and the Fredonia Opera House at 679-1891.

Tickets to "The Music Shop" are $15, students $5. For the performance at the Springville Center for the Arts (37 N. Buffalo St., Springville), call 592-9038. For tickets to the performance at Nichols (1250 Amherst St.), visit


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