Opera Through the Ages
St. Pete Opera celebrates opera through the ages in this 50-minute program featuring three voice types (soprano, mezzo and tenor). Performing pieces featured in Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney, Opera Through The Ages spans nearly 200 years of opera, touching upon themes and styles beloved by audiences around the world.
Beginning in the mid-1700s with two outstanding selections from Gluck (Alceste and Orfeo ed Euridice), the program moves on to The Tales of Hoffman, a perennial that has survived the death of the composer, who perished with the nearly finished manuscript in his hand, a gas explosion in 1881 and a fire at the Opéra-Comique in 1887, which destroyed the orchestral parts. Despite the production’s tenuous start, it remained in the Opera Comique repertoire from 1911 until WWII, receiving 700 performances, and is regularly revived today.
Moving on to explore the role of the Harlequin in opera through selections from Pagliacci and Ariadne auf Naxos, the program then wends its way into a decidedly modern opera, Virgil Thompson’s celebratory, suffrage-infused Mother of Us All.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy this operatic journey with The Museum of Fine Arts and the St. Pete Opera.
Free with museum admission
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