Count Ory/Letters of Love and Subterfuge PERFORMANCE PASS
Transgressive Theatre-Opera Announces its 2019 spring concert productions
Rossinis Count Ory (March 22 & 23, 2019)
Letters of Love and Subterfuge (March 29 & 30, 2019)
The $30 PERFORMANCE PASS gives a single purchaser admission to as many of the four evenings as they desire. Single-night tickets may be purchased for $20. The $30 pass will also be available for sale at the door on March 22, 23, and 29.
Transgressive Theatre-Opera continues its fourth season with a double header of operatic intrigue and passion.
The plot of Rossinis comedy Count Ory (Le comte ory) is pure opera buffa. The titular count, a notorious libertine and scoundrel, and his crew of ner-do-wells spend most of the opera trying to take advantage of the fact that most of the men in their area are away at war, leaving the ladies alone and, presumably, lonely for male company. He meets his match in the clever Countess Adele and the ladies in her castle, who rebuff his advances and outsmart him at every turn.
Tenor Max Hosmer is the Count, with mezzo-soprano Brittany Jeffries, last seasons Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, as his erstwhile page Isolier. Baritone Noah Gartner, Guglielmo in 2018s Cosi, and bass Kota Terrace round out the Counts posse, as his drinking buddy Raimbaud and his long-suffering tutor respectively. TT-O favorite, soprano Mary Lutz-Govertsen, is Countess Adele, and Angela Torres is her confidante Ragonde. Elizabeth Rudolph sings the role of Alice.
TT-O will examine what the piece might have been if Rossini composed within the opera comique-genre that his opening night audience was expecting, which negatively affected its initial reception. Some of the grandest musical moments will be pared back (but all of the most famous sections left intact), and while the opera will be sung in French (with English subtitles) the recitatives will be re-created as dialogue, and spoken in English. A secondary love-couple will be added, Jacqueline and Jack, who will sing duets interpolated from other, lesser-known Rossini operas. Soprano Teaira Burge and tenor Alex Carey essay these new characters, involved in a more traditionally recognizable lyric theatre-relationship.
Whether it be by letter, telegraph, email, or text, written communication is one of the perpetual glories and frustrations of humanity, and it is no different in opera. Letters of Love and Subterfuge is an evening focusing on letters and documents in opera. The program features both favorite artists from past productions and new voices performing a wide-ranging array of works from both opera and musical theater, including The Consul, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Andrea Chenier, Falstaff, Il barbiere di siviglia, and more. Several of the artists from Count Ory do double-duty in the programs second half, Act II from Mozarts Le nozze di Figaro, performed in the original Italian.
Featuring sopranos Teaira Burge, Emily Cox, Claire DiVizio, Jessie Lyons, Rachael Long, Mary Lutz-Govertsen, and Elizabeth Rudolph; mezzo-sopranos Brittany Jeffries, Jori Jennings, Denise Knowlton, Angela Torres, and Pamela Torrey; countertenor Bruno Rivera; tenors Alex Carey, Stan DeCwikiel, Ryan Frenk, and Brian Pember; baritones Noah Gartner, Stephen Hobe, Nathan James Kistler, and Robert Potsic; and bass Kota Terrace, this will prove to be a concert to remember, with all the music delivered in the original languages. The arias and ensembles will be presented lightly staged, as in the context of a opera scenes concert, and the Le Nozze section will be fully staged and conducted by musical director Sarah Jenks.
All performances take place in the auditorium space of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 North Foster Avenue, in Chicago. Curtain is at 8pm.
Ebenezer Lutheran Church - Auditorium (View)
1650 W. Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|