Opera by: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Conductor: Richard Owen
Directed by: Philip Shneidman
With: Michael Boley, Teresa Buchholz, Brian Downen, Candice Hoyes, Ron Loyd, Jessica Sandidge, Sahoko Sato, Matthew Singer, Anna Tonna, Jonathan Winell, and Anthony Wright Webb
Will love be the intoxicant?
In a state of inebriation an uncle decides to marry off his niece. The niece loves someone else. A plan is hatched to send her drunken uncle on an illusory trip to the underworld, to put the marriage contract and his reckless ways on trial. Written in the mid 18th century, the hybrid mix of comic and tragic style helped pave the way for Gluck’s later operatic reforms. Sung in English.
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The Little Opera Theatre of NY (LOTNY) is a chamber opera company that was founded in September of 2004. Last spring, LOTNY presented Travelers, a double-bill featuring two rarities by Gustav Holst (The Wandering Scholar and Sāvitri). A “Critic’s Pick” in The New Yorker and The New York Times, Travelers garnered critical praise with Zachary Woolfe noting the operas were “a delicate balance of grandeur and intimacy.” Parterre Box wrote, “The program is happily cast, the voices strong, the diction clear and emphatic, the acting polished.” In 2011, LOTNY presented the New York Stage premiere of Mozart’s youthful opera, Mitridate, re di Ponto to sold-out houses, and received widespread press coverage. Previous seasons have included the U.S. premiere of César Cui’s A Feast in the Time of the Plague with Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart & Salieri in a double-billed program entitled 2 Little Tragedies of Pushkin, Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, and a performance of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s opera, The Mother of Us All at The Box in a collaboration with the artist Sherrie Levine. Work with living composers include the recent production of Inessa Zaretsky’s Man in a Black Coat as part of Target Margin’s Last Futurist Lab at The Bushwick Starr. Concert presentations have included, The Bohemians, music of Giacomo Puccini, presented at Socrates Sculpture Park as part of the city wide September Concert for 9/11.
"A delicate balance of grandeur and intimacy." - Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times
"A delight - with a charming score and excellent musicians!' - Parterre.com
"Delightful!" - Taminophile
"Hilarious - an enjoyable evening from the feisty Little Opera Theatre of NY!" - Voce di meche