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High Fidelity Opera- from the Lyric Opera
November 17 @ 7:30 PM CST
Lyric Opera of Kansas City announces, “High Fidelity Opera,” featuring Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge.
Sat. Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Enter the “theater of the mind” and explore the sights and sounds of the golden age of radio, as director Edward Berkeley brings to Lyric Opera a program reminiscent of the days when American families tuned in for everything from The Lone Ranger to Jack Benny, The Shadow, Ray Bradbury stories, and live performances by symphony orchestras and big bands. Berkeley has fashioned a performance featuring parts of Norman Corwin’s The Anatomy of Sound, which serve to introduce two popular American radio operas by Menotti and Barber. The audience will also be treated to sound effects performed by the singers. Lyric Opera’s Resident Artists are joined by soprano Kristin Newbegin and conductor Carolyn Watson for the operas.
Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, written when he was just 28 years old, is a dark comedy about questionable morals that premiered on NBC Radio in 1939. Featuring four characters, the radio version is comprised of 14 short scenes.
A Hand of Bridge, composed by Samuel Barber with a libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, premiered in 1959 at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, and was featured on The Standard Oil Hour on NBC Radio. In this one-act opera, two unhappily married couples conduct a hand of bridge while confessing some of their innermost fears and desires.
The Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild will provide a reception immediately after the performance. Tickets to High Fidelity Opera are $30. To purchase tickets, call Ticketing & Patron Services at (816) 471-7344. Patrons can purchase and print their tickets at home by visiting www.kcopera.org. Limited student rush tickets are available for $15, starting 90 minutes before the performances, with a valid student ID. Capacity is limited.
Lyric Opera’s Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building- 712 E. 18th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64108 (East Crossroads)