Alexandre bis/Comedy on the Bridge

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Alexandre bis/Comedy on the Bridge

Post by lennygoran » Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:11 pm

This interests me-I have the opera comedy on the bridge but have never listened to it?


Announces 2014-2015 Fall Season

Gotham Chamber Opera announces the 2014/2015 fall season, which begins with Alexandre bis/Comedy on the Bridge, both by Bohuslav Martinu, from October 14 - 18, 2014, followed by the revival of Gotham's 2010 production El gato con botas (Puss in Boots) in December at El Museo del Barrio.

Presented in collaboration with the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

October 14 - 18, 2014, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, NYC
Tickets $30-175, Call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200

A bridge to nowhere. A singing painting. An intermittent beard. Take a dip into the 20th-century absurd as Gotham Chamber Opera begins its 13th season with a double-bill of short comic operas by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. Alexandre bis (Alexander twice), composed in 1937, is a surrealist comedy with a libretto by André Wurmse about a man who decides to test his wife's fidelity by shaving off his beard and posing as his own cousin from San Francisco. She recognizes him but falls in love anyway. Martinu's answer to Mozart's Cosi fan tutte observes the conventions of comic opera while tweaking them, thus proving that a composer, if not a husband, can have it both ways.

Comedy on the Bridge (1935), based on the play by Václav Klicpera, tells the story of two rival principalities separated by a river. A woman returning from one side gets caught in the middle by a bureaucratic snafu; soon she's joined in this absurdist limbo by a letch, a fiancé, a vengeful wife, and a schoolmaster with a riddle. Everyone has a secret, but no one has a clue--except the composer, who gets them all happily sorted by the end. Featuring Jenna Siladie, Abigail Fischer, Cassandra Velasco, Jason Slayden, Jarrett Ott and Joseph Beutel. Gotham Chamber Opera previously presented a Martinu double-bill of Les larmes du couteau and Hlas lesa in 2003, a hit with the press and the public, resulting in lines around the block for returned tickets.

Regards, Len

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