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Season 2

15 Dec. 2007
Gounod's Romeo et Juliette
Gounod follows Shakespeare's story closely, with minor alterations to satisfy the needs of opera. The stage and scenery are filled with astronomical symbols to depict the tragedy of "star-crossed lovers" from two warring houses in Verona.
 
1 Jan. 2008
Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel
Set in the industrialized 1950s, Hansel and Gretel are latch-key kids to a depressed mother and overworked father. The witch runs a stainless-steel kitchen with modern gadgets and a glass-door oven. One hopes it's the self-cleaning kind.
 
12 Jan. 2008
Verdi: Macbeth
The witches tell fortunes: Macbeth will be King, Banquo will beget Kings. Macbeth helps the agenda by murdering King Duncan; and, what the heck, Banquo, too. Macbeth takes the crown, Lady Macbeth hosts a dinner; Banquo crashes the event.
 
16 Feb. 2008
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
A life of love or a life of luxury? In a moment of crisis, Manon can't decide; so she tries to have both, and ends up with neither. This is co-dependency set to music, and it was Puccini's first big hit.
 
15 Mar. 2008
Britten: Peter Grimes
Peter Grimes, an unmarried, eccentric fisherman, can't keep an apprentice: they disappear mysteriously every time. In the absence of OSHA laws or child-protective services, the townspeople gather to conduct an inquest into the matter.
 
22 Mar. 2008
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Wagner's supporters say that he took music to new heights of expression here; his detractors say it's the death-knell for melody and structure. It's four hours of aching yearning that does not rest until the last few minutes of the opera.
 
5 Apr. 2008
Puccini: La Bohème
Imagine a world where taste and sensitivity have been overrun by gaudy excess and marketing hyperbole, where Puccini's quiet, intimate love-story can at last be told with A Cast of Thousands and a Real, Live Military Marching Band.
 
26 Apr. 2008
Donizetti: La Fille du Régiment
Marie, lost as a baby, was found and raised by the local regiment. Tonio loves her, she loves him, but when her aunt recognizes her, it seems they will never be allowed to be together.
 

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