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DEC 2, 2018
A poignant work of love, yearning, and loss, Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin is based on one of the most beloved works of all of Russian fiction, the verse novel of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. Pushkin’s stature in Russian literature is comparable only to Shakespeare in English, and Tchaikovsky’s musical setting underpins the text (which frequently is unchanged from source to libretto) with melancholy lyricism and Russian sweep. This production, which premiered at the Met in 2013, will feature Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as Onegin.
With its plot drawn from the Golden Age of Russian literature and its Romantic sensibility, Eugene Onegin is a compelling match for Literature, ELA, History, and Humanities curricula. Its tuneful melodies and yearning lyricism also serve as a wonderful introduction to late 19th-century Russian musical style, making it a strong match for chorus, orchestra and band students, as well as music theory classes.
Sung in Russian
Curricular tie-ins: Music, English/Language Arts, Literature, World Literature, Theater, Russian, Psychology, Ballet
FEB 10, 2018
A late example of an opera buffa—written during the nascent Romantic era when most operatic plots had shifted to the heroic and tragic—Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore is a charming love story between a sweet and sincere boy, self-conscious of his own simplicity, and the headstrong, capricious land-owner who learns to repent spurning his love. Comic relief and romantic rivalry are provided by a supporting cast of a sly but ultimately harmless charlatan and a pompous traveling soldier.
This production by Barlett Sher highlights the work’s pastoral romanticism, complete with a set that realistically depicts both an idyllic Italian countryside and picturesque town center. With its comic plot and gentle love story, L’Elisir d’Amore is appropriate for audiences of all ages, while older students will find much to identify with in the predicaments of both main characters—not only Nemorino, who lacks romantic confidence, but also Adina, who finds herself the subject of an unwanted crush.
Sung in Italian
Curricular tie-ins: Music, Theater, English/Language Arts, Literature, Italian
No Education Is Complete Without The Arts
And The Arts Are Not Complete Without Opera
MAR 10, 2018
Mozart’s late, transcendent opera The Magic Flute begins as a magical rescue mission but soon transforms into a fable of personal development—accompanied by the most utopian music of Mozart’s entire oeuvre. This beloved production by Julie Taymor, the award-winning director of theater, opera, and film, presents the full opera in the original German language. With Mozart’s tuneful and approachable music, as well as the production’s whimsical aesthetic, this work is a great match for younger audiences. For older students, the opera contains deeper layers of meaning, with its basis in Enlightenment philosophy.
Sung in German
Curricular tie-ins: Music, Theater, Chorus, History, Ethics, Language Arts
Catering by Biscotti's
JAN 27, 2018 (New Production – Sir David McVicar)
Set amid the rapidly shifting political landscape of Napoleonic-era Rome, Tosca tells the story of an idealistic painter, a celebrated opera singer, and a corrupt police chief—and their highly-charged battle of the wills in this tempestuous tale of cruelty and deception. From the first stringent chords of the opera, Puccini creates an atmosphere of powerful menace and grandiose emotion—befitting both one of opera’s greatest baritone villains and most compelling soprano leads.
This new production by Sir David McVicar embraces the grandeur of the historical time period, with its roiling political unrest, in counterpoint to the stateliness of the opera’s settings: the Basilica of Sant’Andrea della Valle, the Palazzo Farnese, and finally in the opera’s climax, the battlements of the Castel Sant’Angelo. With its plot inspired by European history and its status as one of the most beloved of Puccini’s operas, the work is a fruitful study for both World History and Music curricula.
Sung in Italian
Curricular tie-ins: Music, World History, Italian, Humanities, Theater
2 PD WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITIES:
4 HOUR PD TRAINING WITH GOURMET CATERED MEAL
Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: LaVilla School of the Arts, Music/Vocal Room
Wednesday, November 1, 3:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Location: LaVillaLaVilla School of the Arts, Music/Vocal Room
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL