Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28|
Friday, April 26 at 7:30PM
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30PM
Sunday, April 28 at 2:30PM
Main Stage Opera with Symphony Orchestra
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich
Arranged by Gerard McBurney
Libretto by Vladimir Mass and Mikhail Chervinsky
Main Stage Opera provides audiences with the full opera experience! This year’s production follows a group of friends in the post-Stalin era living in Cheryomuskhi, a district in Moscow full of cheap subsidized housing. During the wake of political and societal change, the friends are re-housed in the city’s new high density apartments, and their lives rapidly unravel — relationships are challenged and corruption seeps in at the seams. A satirical musical comedy in three acts, the operetta features lively choruses, polkas and jazz-influenced turns performed expertly by our very own Symphony Orchestra.
Sung in English with subtitles
Directed by Ella Marchment
Music direction by Emanuele Andrizzi
English translation by David Poutney
Suggested Show Rating: PG
Some productions contain mature content and/or content that may be offensive to some audiences. Contact the Box Office for more information.
Moscow, Cheryomushki by Dimitri Shostakovich and Vladimir Mass and Mikhail Chervinsky, English version by David Pountney presented under license from G. Schirmer Inc. and Associated Music Publishers, copyright owners.
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Meet the Director
Universally acclaimed as one of Europe’s most original and progressive directors, and widely celebrated as the founder of the global #OperaHarmony movement, auteur-director Ella Marchment has also taken on leadership roles for international arts organizations and spoken and lectured at world-renowned companies and conservatoires, including Opera Europa in the Netherlands, the Royal Opera House in London, the Juilliard School in New York, and the Royal College of Music in London. She was previously director of the opera programme at Northern Illinois University and is the current artistic director of Manor Opera in the UK, and Opera Festival of Chicago. Visit www.ellamarchment.org to learn more.
Food & Drink
Concessions will be available for purchase beginning one hour prior to this performance.
Accommodations for disabilities may be arranged by contacting the Box Office at least three days prior to the performance.
Photos by C King Media (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Spring 2023)