An entertaining and informal lecture recital series focusing on the three works being performed this season by the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Artistic Director Nina Scott-Stoddart gives musical, historical and dramatic context for our three main stage shows, illustrating the development of opera and musical theatre from the turn of the last century to the 1950s. Each talk focuses on one work, illustrated with slides and musical examples, many performed live by the young singers in town for HSOF. Each talk starts at noon and runs 45 minutes.
Tuesday July 28 —Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon (1899) and romantic French opera of the late 19th century
Wednesday July 29 — Kurt Weill’s Street Scene (1947): a new kind of “American opera” produced on Broadway
Thursday July 30 — Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah (1955) McCarthism and American opera
Admission is free and you can reserve tickets at hsof.strangertickets.com