The Marigny Opera House and The 9th Ward Opera Company to present the American Premiere of a one-act opera and Samuel Barber selections
New Orleans, LA — May 24, 2014 — The 9th Ward Opera Company will perform two extraordinary one-act operas this summer:
Gisela in Her Bathtub, (1991) a comic one-act opera by Neil Weisensel and Michael Cavanagh, and A Hand of Bridge, (1959) by renowned American composer Samuel Barber.
In Gisela in Her Bathtub, Gisela is reading the final chapter of a romance novel while lounging in her bathtub. The characters she reads about come to live via the operatic singers. This short piece is full of operatic clichés, puns, and gags. Also, who can resist coming to see an opera that features a gorgeous naked woman in a bathtub?
A Hand of Bridge gives a slice of life insight into the lives of four unhappily married people who are playing a game of bridge. Each character reveals their innermost selves through emotional, interesting, and jazz-infused ariettas. Mezzo-sopranos Kay White and Elizabeth Evans will also present highlights from Barber’s eclectic song repertoire.
The 9th Ward Opera Company was founded in 2012 by Dr. Kathleen Westfall. Its mission is to give local opera singers the opportunity to develop their craft and gain performance experience while also exposing locals to entertaining and accessible classical music. Last summer the group presented an acclaimed production of the comic opera An Embarrassing Position, by local composer Dan Shore and a tragedy Blue Monday, by Gershwin. This summer marks The 9th Ward Opera Company’s third year of performances in New Orleans.
Performance Dates: Thursday July 24th – Sunday July 27th
Time: All performances begin at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30pm
Place: Marigny Opera House 725 St. Ferdinand Street; New Orleans, LA 70117
Tickets: $20; $10 Students/Seniors; purchase tickets on line www.marignyoperahouse.org or at the door (first come first serve).
This production is made possible through the generosity of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.
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