We are looking for four different images - one to represent each of the operas we are producing this summer. The goal is to have four images that are aesthetically similar in style, but that evoke the stories of each opera in an eye-catch and compelling manner.
The four operas we are producing are:
THE MERRY WIDOW: The Merry Widow ushered in a new era of operettas in which the waltz was used for romantic plot purposes, and was danced as much as sung. Hanna Glawari, the Merry Widow, is beautiful and rich… and she’s captivated every man in the country. But Hanna is looking for true love. Will she be able to find a suitor that is not only after her wealth? Will the nation of Pontevedro slip into economic collapse if she marries a foreigner? A complete synopsis of the story may be found at this link: http://www.metopera.org/Discover/Sy…rry-Widow/
THE CONSUL: The struggle for freedom against oppression, and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy, are the main themes of The Consul. Set in an unnamed European city, political dissident John Sorel is on the run from the secret police. After he escapes the country, his devoted wife Magda clashes with the bureaucracy at the Consulate while trying to obtain an exit visa for her family. The emotional high point of the opera comes when Magda, thwarted in her quest for a visa, addresses the Consul’s secretary in “To this we’ve come,” a stirring lament over the world’s indifference to inhumanity and suffering. A complete synopsis of the story may be found at this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/the-consu…sis-724207
ROCKING HORSE WINNER: ROCKING HORSE WINNER is a modern adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s short story, which explores the relationship between Paul and his emotionally distant mother. Paul becomes dangerously obsessed with solving the “bad luck” of his family in order to win his mother’s love. His pursuit awakens a strange magic that connects him not only to luck, but also to powerful voices only he can hear – voices that tell him which horses will win at the races when he is riding his Rocking Horse. (Summary of the story may be found at this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_R…ot_summary ).
VINKENSPORT, or THE FINCH OPERA, a bittersweet comedy that explores the nature of competition and the need to win through the frame of an obscure Flemish folk sport, Finch-Sitting. Trained finches race to sing the most “susk-e-wiets” over the course of an hour. As they compete, the joys, sorrows, delusions and all-too-stark realities of their trainers are revealed. We never know the trainers’ real names. They are defined by their birds, and so are named accordingly: Atticus Finch’s Trainer, Farinelli's Trainer, etc. Some of the trainer/competitors are noble, some not. Some play fair, some don’t. Some just don’t even want to be there at all. But almost all are lost in the world, finding comfort in the companionship of their birds. As they compete, the joys, sorrows, delusions and all-too-stark realities of their trainers are revealed.