Be sure to join us this summer as the Delaware Valley Opera begins its 4th decade with a double-bill of light-hearted comic operas, including one of Mozart’s most beloved works. Don’t forget to bring the kids and grandkids!
Cox and Box/Trial by Jury - July 28, 29 and August 4, 5
Following the success of last season’s Gilbert & Sullivan offering, The Mikado, one of the duo’s most popular operas, come see how it all began!
Cox and Box, or, the Long-Lost Brothers, was first performed in 1866, five years before Sullivan teamed up with Gilbert. Sullivan’s delightful music is paired with a clever book by F. C. Burnand. It is the story of a landlord, Bouncer, who rents the same room to two men, one who works at night, and the other who works during the day. Neither is the wiser until one of them is given the day off and comes home early, only to discover someone else living in his rooms! Fireworks ensue, and improbable coincidence leads the two lodgers on a merry journey of discovery you have to see to believe!
Trial by Jury is the earliest surviving Gilbert & Sullivan collaboration. Edwin, the defendant, is being sued by Angelina for breach of promise of marriage. Gilbert’s witty spoof of the British judicial system, with a still-current element of celebrity trial madness thrown into the mix, combine with Sullivan’s sparkling music to add up to a delightful romp, all ending in typical Gilbertian fashion!
The Magic Flute - August 18, 19, 25, 26
Written by Mozart at the age of thirty-five, not long before his death, The Magic Flute is considered by many to be his finest opera. Sung here in English, the opera has elements of magic, Freemasonry symbolism, and political satire, all set to German folk tunes and classic operatic writing. Featuring the high-flying singing of the Queen of the Night, the high priest Sarastro’s solemn intoning, along with the antic birdcatcher Papageno’s duet with his soul-mate Papagena, and the lovely singing of the two would-be lovers, Tamino and Pamina, this is a delightful, beautiful, and magical journey into a memorable fantasy world only the genius of Mozart could create!
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