The Sanibel Music Festival will present Opera Theater of Connecticut’s program “Star Crossed Lovers in Opera” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Sanibel Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way.

The truly thrilling characters in the world of opera are the ill-fated star-crossed lovers whose lives and loves are challenged by insurmountable obstacles. This makes for great drama and music for Puccini’s Mimi and Rodolfo, Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and Edgardo, Verdi’s Violetta and Alfredo.

However, happiness will prevail for the would-be lovers in The Elixir of Love and The Merry Widow. These, and more, will be performed by six professional opera singers in a delightful evening of best-known and best-loved arias and ensembles, all with projected supertitles. Alan Mann, noted opera historian, adds informative narration. Sponsored by the Estate of Christine Johnson.

Tickets may be purchased for $50 each by calling 239-344-7025, or on- line at www.sanibelmusicfestival.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one half hour before each performance and are also available at the Bank of the Islands on Periwinkle Way.

The Sanibel Music Festival, celebrating its 33rd season, presents world renowned artists during the month of March at the Congregational church on Sanibel Island. Incorporated in 1987 as a non-for-profit organization, its mission is to present classical music of the highest standard at affordable prices and to promote the careers of young artists through performance opportunities.