"Passions" or "King for a Day" at the Glimmerglass Festival 2013 on August 22 or 24 (Up to Half Off)

Alice Busch Opera Theater

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Passions showcases two different stories of love and loss; King for a Day is an English translation of a rare Verdi comedy

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Expires Aug 24th, 2013. Limit 4 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Redeem on day of show for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Alice Busch Opera Theater. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem via phone together to sit together. Discount reflects Glimmerglass Festival 2013's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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The Deal

Available Dates and Times

  • Passions on Thursday, August 22, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
  • King for a Day on Saturday, August 24, at 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m.

The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect student, senior, or military discounts.

Passions

Two meditations on loss and catharsis demonstrate how the human experience of the past echoes the human experience of today in Passions. The production begins with a new interpretation of David Lang's 2008 Pulitzer Prize–winner the little match girl passion. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's tragic fable, the tale follows the death and aftermath of an anonymous, impoverished young girl. A vocal quartet brings the uncomfortably beautiful melodies to life, punctuating insistent repetitions with spoken word. Then comes the work of a more distant time: Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. Composed in 1736 just weeks before the artist's untimely death at 26, Stabat Mater is scored for soprano and alto soloists and a small ensemble of violin, viola, cello, and organ. Adapted from a medieval poem, the work dwells on the suffering of Mary as she watches her son die on the cross, adding a new layer to a mother's pain.

King for a Day

It is relatively rare for an opera company to put on a production of Giuseppe Verdi's Un giorno de regno—in fact, its failure after its 1840 premiere almost led the composer to abandon opera altogether. It's rarer still to see the work performed in English, as the Glimmerglass Festival's production is. In celebration of Verdi's 200th birthday, this new adaptation by Kelley Rourke reacquaints modern audiences with a comic story of mistaken identity, complete with 20th century dancing and current-day costumes. The piece follows Belfiore, an officer ordered by the Polish monarch to impersonate the king until his arrival in the country. Belfiore complies, using his transient power to bring about the marriage of two young lovers. But the arrival of his own love, the Marchesa del Poggio, could see his royal ruse prematurely unraveled.

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