Toledo Opera Announces Its 2009-2010 Season

Posted Feb 16th, 2009 by Renay Conlin  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


Toledo Opera opens its 2009-2010 season with Giuseppe Verdi’s effervescent comic masterpiece Falstaff. This enchanting and amusing opera based on Shakespeare’s notorious protagonist is filled with both physical comedy and the elegant language of Shakespeare. Falstaff tells the story of the incorrigible yet irresistible rogue Falstaff, a braggart, con man and habitual liar who attempts to woo two married noblewomen at the same time, in hopes of procuring their fortunes. His scheme is quickly discovered, and the women get hilarious revenge. The opera’s underlying theme is that “in life, we are all fools and he who laughs last, laughs best.” No Shakespeare story would be complete without a subplot of forbidden lovers, embodied in the characters of Nanetta and Fenton. Verdi celebrates young love with some of the most glorious melodies ever written.

Written when the great composer was nearly 80 years old, this masterpiece fulfilled his long-cherished ambition of setting Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor to music. Verdi had set only two comic operas in his long career – his first and his last. Working in secret for two years, Verdi’s opera premiered in 1893 to immediate and resounding acclaim.

Performances are November 7 and 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm and November 15, 2009 at 2 pm at the Valentine Theatre. The opera is sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

In February, it may be cold in Toledo…but we can still dream of April in Paris. The Opera’s 2010 Opera Gala will feature an evening of stirring choruses and poignant arias from great French operas. Ou la la! C’est magnifique! One performance at The Peristyle on February 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm.

In March, hauntingly beautiful music is married with an ancient Roman tale in Benjamin Britten’s opera Lucretia. The men of the Roman army have discovered that during their absence, their wives have faithlessly betrayed them—all but one, that is. Lucretia has remained faithful to her husband Collatinus…but when the young prince Tarquinius plots to test her fidelity, he takes not only her chastity, but he brings about her complete ruin. Performances March 13 at 7:30 pm and March 14 at 2 pm, 2010 in The Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art. This performance is sung in English.

The season will end with Gaetano Donizetti’s boisterous comedy, The Elixir of Love at the Valentine Theatre. A delightfully flirtatious tale of innocent love and boundless devotion, The Elixir of Love will have audiences rooting for the shy, love-struck Nemorino as he naively relies on a “love potion” to help him win the heart of the beautiful Adina. Unaware that the potion he has purchased is a sham, Nemorino finds his courage and eventually the love he has been pining for. Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage, the three performances of The Elixir of Love are scheduled for May 1, and 7, 2010 at 7:30pm and May 9, 2010 at 2pm. All performances are at The Valentine Theatre.

“We’ve assembled a season with great breadth of repertoire,” shared General and Artistic Director Renay Conlin. “This season promises a very well-rounded experience for the many thousands of opera lovers in Toledo. In addition to the star vocal artists that we engage, we are excited to be bringing a consistently high quality of theatre to our audience through productions that are visually alluring and musically moving.”

Join us for a pre-performance discussion – free to ticket holders – one hour prior to each performance at The Valentine Theatre. These informal lectures provide interesting background information about the opera and the composer to make your listening experience more enjoyable.

Season Subscription renewals for 2009-2010 are being sent in mid March. New subscriptions will be accepted after the company’s production of Candide on May 2. For information, call 419-255-7464 or visit www.toledoopera.org. Single tickets for the 2009-2010 season go on sale the second week of September and can be purchased through our website or by calling the Toledo Opera office.

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