November 2013

Bedřich Smetana’s

The Bartered Bride

Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 22 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 24 at 1:30 pm

Ted Mann Concert Hall

The Bartered Bride was not especially well-received when it was premiered at the Prague National Theater in 1866. For several years, Smetana continued to tinker with the opera, adding dance music and choruses, until it finally achieved the form we know today. It is full of spontaneous charm, lively, cleverly drawn characters, and, of course, those dazzling orchestral interludes. The satire is never heavy-handed and the whole piece is imbued with the radiant gift for melody that was innately Smetana’s.

TICKETING:
Buy tickets online
Box office: 612-624-2345 
In person: Rarig Center Ticket Office, 330 21st Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55455; Hours: 3 pm- 5 pm, Mon-Fri
Adults: $20; Students and Children: $5
2-for-1 tickets for U of M faculty, alumni, retirees, and staff. 
Pre-opera lobby discussions begin 45 minutes before each performance.

 

April 2014

Leoš Janáček’s

The Cunning Little Vixen (The Adventures of Vixen Sharp Ears)

Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 13 at 1:30 pm

Ted Mann Concert Hall

Premiered in Brno in 1924, The Cunning Little Vixen (actual translation: Vixen Sharp-Ears) was inspired by cartoons Janáček had seen in a local newspaper. Janáček wrote the libretto himself, utilizing ideas from the novella that Tesnohlidek had written to accompany the cartoons, as well as texts from folk songs with which the composer was familiar. Janáček was an incredibly economical artist, seldom repeating themes over a piece which lasts barely ninety minutes! The work is really a dance-opera which incorporates and integrates themes of nature, the life cycle, and the mystical spiritual side of life in music of exquisite enchantment. A rare opportunity to experience an opera that is truly accessible to all ages!

TICKETING:
Buy tickets online
Box office: 612-624-2345
In person: Rarig Center Ticket Office, 330 21st Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55455; Hours: 3 pm- 5 pm, Mon-Fri
Adults: $20; Students and Children: $5
2-for-1 tickets for U of M faculty, alumni, retirees, and staff. 
Pre-opera lobby discussions begin 45 minutes before each performance.

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