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Weekend Watch: 'Pirates of Penzance'

Tonight through Saturday - More often than not, opera is good news for people who love bad news. Madame Butterfly, victim of ignoble seduction, trains her father's samurai sword on her belly. Carmen's lover trains a blade on her heart. But in "Th...

"The Pirates of Penzance"

Tonight through Saturday - More often than not, opera is good news for people who love bad news. Madame Butterfly, victim of ignoble seduction, trains her father's samurai sword on her belly. Carmen's lover trains a blade on her heart. But in "The Pirates of Penzance," Gilbert and Sullivan try a decidedly less gory take on the genre. Yes, this comic opera swarms with brawny buccaneers, but their hearts are tender, and they won't be training their swords on anyone. Instead of a fatal stab wound, Frederic, the young hero, ends up with a beautiful maiden of noble descent - and there are more of those for his lonely pirate buddies where she came from. The North Dakota State University Opera Theatre presents the opera at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Fargo's Festival Concert Hall. Tickets are $5 to $15. (701) 231-9442.

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