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
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
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
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