Opera Up Close - An Afternoon of One Acts

Sunday, March 30 at 4 pm


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Featuring "The Telephone" by Gian Carlo Menotti, "A Hand of Bridge" by Samuel Barber and "The Old Maid and the Thief" by Menotti.

Sample a Café style opera. From the unique vantage point of your table on the stage, you'll be looking out into the theater as the operatic stories unfold. Viennese pastries and coffee will be offered during this intimate performance on The Center's stage.

First on our triple bill of opera will be Gian Carlo Menotti’s twenty minute comic opera, The Telephone. Ben loves Lucy and wants to propose marriage. But Lucy is too distracted by talking on the telephone to notice. Just as he thinks he has her attention, her phone rings again. And again and again! Undaunted, Ben finally gets his chance by the only way he knows how... The Telephone!

Next will be Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge. At only ten minutes long, Barber’s work is possibly the shortest opera regularly performed. The opera features two unhappily married couples playing a hand of bridge. Over the course of the game, each character expresses to the audience their inner most secrets and feelings. Some are light and frivolous, and some reveal unfulfilled longing and desire.

And finally we present Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. Originally commissioned by NBC, The Old Maid and the Thief was one of the earliest operas composed specifically for performance on the radio. Lonely spinster Miss Todd and her man-hungry maid, Laetitia, invite a good-looking beggar named Bob into their home. To keep him there, the women resort to more and more outrageous behavior — but Laetitia is secretly playing her own game.


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