Vineyard Touring Opera Comes To Santa Monica This Saturday

Friday, 14 Jun 2013, 8:54:00 AM

Mitch James

Vineyard Touring Opera Comes To Santa Monica.
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Vineyard Touring Opera Comes To Santa Monica.

A program of clowns and jesters will perform at the

Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club this Saturday at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.

The performances are presented by Vineyard Touring

Opera, a regional opera company for Southern California.

The shows will be fully staged with orchestra and

chorus, and simultaneous English translation projected above the stage. 

Alan Medak and Adil Mehta will conduct the performances

with stage direction by Dennis Gersten and Derry Kalve. 

Randall Garrou is chorus master, and costuming is by

Lani Bartlett.

The program debuts VTO’s “From Script to Score” series

with a performance of Act IV of “The King Amuses Himself” by Victor Hugo, the

play that inspired Verdi’s beloved opera, “Rigoletto.” 

The cast will then perform the corresponding scenes from

the opera, which include the Quartet, the Storm scene, and the tenor aria, “La

donna è mobile.” 

Showing scenes from the play (presented in a new

translation by series creator Phyllis Elliott and stage director Dennis

Gersten) and the opera together will allow audiences to experience firsthand

the skill of the composer and librettist in adapting the drama to the lyric

stage – under the watchful eyes of the censors.

The second part of the program is Leoncavallo’s

passionate opera, “Pagliacci,” a story of love and jealousy in a small

traveling acting troupe in southern Italy. 

Based on a true story, “Pagliacci” features the famous

aria, “Vesti la giubba,” in which Canio laments that he must make people laugh

even when his heart is breaking.  

“Theater and Life,” warns a clown, “are not the same thing,” and blood

will spill before the play-within-a-play has ended.

The program is presented in observance of The Year of

Italian Culture and the Verdi Bicentennial.

Vineyard Touring Opera Co. is a non-profit, charitable

501(c)3 corporation established to bring great opera to local communities,

while providing performance opportunities for local singers.

VTO is a member of the Southern California Opera

Network.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $20 for preferred

seating, and $5 for students and seniors. 

The Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club is located at 1210 4th

Street, Santa Monica.

For information and tickets, visit www.vtopera.org or

call 855.575.0005.

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