|The Pearl Fishers|
April 19, 27 & May 2
Against the watery setting of ancient tropical Ceylon, vows of eternal friendship are put to the ultimate test in this story of desire and sacrifice. Two fishermen, Nadir and Zurga, are plunged into the depths of a forbidden love triangle when a mysterious woman from their past, Leila, returns and ignites a jealous rivalry.
Though both men swore not to allow this beautiful Brahmin priestess to come between them, Nadir and Leila concede to their passion, and when they are caught Zurga is forced to decide their fate. As the opera builds toward a violent climax, will the bonds of fraternal loyalty and the revelation of a secret from Zurga’s past persuade him to forgive? Or will his envious rage make him callus?
Supertitles: English & Spanish
|Cosi fan tutte|
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
April 26 & May 3, 2014
For Ferrando and Guglielmo, their fiancées Dorabella and Fiordiligi are the best women in the world—none more loving, beautiful, faithful, or kind. So, when persuaded to wager on their lovers’ constancy, the men assume an easy win. However, Mozart’s layered comedy reminds us that love can be a dangerous game. Spurred on by the old philosopher Don Alfonso and the thorny maid Despina, Ferrando and Guglielmo embark on an elaborate scheme of love and seduction, complete with absurd disguises, faked suicides, feigned hallucinations, and one really big magnet. As the girls’ fidelity is tested, the men are shocked by an outcome they could never have expected. In true Mozart fashion, all ends happy and well, but not without a few lessons learned along the way.
Supertitles: English & Spanish
Kevin Puts & Mark Campbell
May 4 & 10
In one stunning moment during World War I, all was quiet on the Western front and a spontaneous moment of peace transformed foes into friends. Based on the 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, this Pulitzer Prize-winning opera recounts the historic impromptu cease-fire between Scottish, German, and French soldiers on Christmas Eve 1914, when each man laid down his arms and joined together to bury the dead and honor the holiday.
Brought to life by a mix of characters—Nikolaus Sprink, a German opera singer; William and Jonathan Dale, Scottish brothers filled with patriotic fervor; Lieutenant Audebert, a French officer; Gordon Pressier, a questioning Scottish solider; and Lieutenant Horstmayer, a German officer torn between duty and his conscience—their personal stories intermingle, highlight the global character of conflict, and add a remarkable depth to this glimmering moment of humanity in the face of war. However, when the sun rises on Christmas morning, how will each man react to resuming the bloody fight?
Language: English, French, German, Italian, and Latin
|With Blood, With Ink|
Daniel Crozer & Peter M. Krask
April 20, 22, 26, 27, 29 & May 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 2014
A renowned theologian, poetess, and champion of women’s rights, Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz was a woman before her time. However, restricted by some powerful superiors of her era, the revered intellectual was forced by the Inquisition to sign a blood oath renouncing her life’s work. As she lays dying, Sor Juana is plagued by visions of her younger self and recalls the many people and circumstances responsible for her fateful renunciation. From child prodigy to silenced free-thinker, she struggles to reconcile with her past. Based on the powerful true story of this 17th-century nun, With Blood, With Ink shines a light on the life and work of this inspiring yet tragic and enigmatic figure.