The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0816 Wednesday, 20 September 2006
From: Michael Luskin <
Date: Tuesday, 19 Sep 2006 14:20:52 EDT
Subject: The Opera Hamlet in Kansas City
The Lyric Opera Company of Kansas City, one of the country's premier
regional opera companies, invites you to its production of Hamlet, by
Ambroise Thomas, November 4 through November 12.
The opera, very popular a hundred years ago, is enjoying a vigorous
revival, being performed more and more often in Europe and the United
The libretto was written by Michel Carre and Jules Barbier, who wrote
the libretti for Gounod's Faust and Romeo et Juliette, as well as
Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann. This production is directed and designed
by Thaddeus Strassberger, first prize winner in the 2005 European Opera
The opera has several highlights. The closet scene is very memorable,
and Verdi, no stranger to Shakespeare, complimented it lavishly.
Ophelia's mad scene rivals Lucia di Lammermoor's. The music is lush
nineteenth century French throughout.
The opera requires a rich baritone for the role of Hamlet, a fine
coloratura for Ophelia, and a resonant bass-baritone for Claudius.
Franco Pomponi has recently done Hamlet in Barcelona, and has performed
worldwide, from Moscow to Los Angeles. Lauren Skuce, singing Ophelia,
debuted with the company in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro last year.
Kevin Short, singing Claudius, has had great success with Mozart roles.
The Opera Company is offering a special opera weekend. The schedule is:
Friday, November 3: arrival any time, check in at the Downtown
Kansas City Marriott Hotel.
8:00 PM, the Prazak String Quartet at the Folly Theater
Saturday, November 4: 9:00 AM, complimentary breakfast at the hotel
free time to explore Kansas City; highly recommended, The Nelson-Atkins
of Art, in particular its outdoor sculpture garden; the Truman Library
and house in nearby Independence, MO; the Steamship Arabia, a recently
excavated steamship which sank in 1856; the Kansas City Jazz Museum; and
the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Enjoy great barbeque while in the
8:00 PM. Opening Night performance of Hamlet at the Lyric
Theater, with complimentary wine in the members lounge during intermission
Sunday: 9:00 AM, complimentary breakfast
12:00 PM check out
The price for ALL this is $160 per person, double occupancy. Send your
check, payable to Lyric Opera of Kansas City, c/o Lisa Sicola, 5633
Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110.
For further information, call Virginia Long at 816 471 4933, or email
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