"The Secret Agent"

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In a Nutshell

A 19th-century anarchist grows more and more callous as he embroils his own family in an international sabotage plot

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Promotional value expires Mar 17, 2013. Limit 8 per person. Redeem starting day of show for a ticket at venue Box Office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Capital City Opera Company's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Box office opens 1 hour before showtime; theater doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Call CCOC at 678-301-8013 for ADA seating. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Contrary to popular belief, all the world is not a stage—sometimes people just say things to get attention. See an actual stage with this GrouponLive deal to see Capitol City Opera Company's production of The Secret Agent at the Conant Performing Arts Center at Oglethorpe University. For $15, you get one ticket for general admission on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. (up to a $33 value, including all fees). The box office open one hour before showtime; theater doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

The Plot

Equal parts spy thriller, domestic drama, and political allegory, The Secret Agent sees scheme upon scheme pile up in the life of a London extremist of the late 19th century. The curtain rises on adult-bookstore owner and anarchic terrorist Adolf Verloc as he awaits an appointment with Mr. Vladimir, a foreign ambassador. In his introductory aria, the pornographer describes his illegal and possibly unsavory activities, which he claims are carried out “for the good of the people.” When the meeting begins, however, Mr. Vladimir reveals another facet of the disreputable Verloc––he is actually an agent provocateur employed by a foreign government to inspire a crackdown on his liberal co-conspirators. This cloak-and-dagger operation forms the backdrop of a heart-wrenching family tragedy, as Verloc’s wife Winnie and autistic brother-in-law Stevie are unwittingly embroiled in a plot to blow up Greenwich Observatory.


The Secret Agent is based on Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel of the same name, which Tom Reiss of the New York Times called “the most brilliantly novelistic study of terrorism as viewed from the blood-spattered outside.” Conrad proved his mastery over the subtleties of psychology in the callous politics of Verloc, the willful blindness of Winnie, and the ill-fated innocence of Stevie. For the onstage adaptation of the story, composer Curtis Bryant worked with forensic psychiatrist Allen Reichman to pen the opera’s libretto, and to finally get closure on a dream where Luciano Pavarotti was his school-bus driver.

Capitol City Opera Company

Donna Angel loves music. Her passion has led her to perform with a case of food poisoning—with the help of a pre-med student to hold her up until the curtain fell—and it led her to break into a Texan church to use its piano. In fact, her life has revolved around music, and since it led her to joy, she created a way for music to impact the lives of others just as much. Nearly three decades ago she founded the Capitol City Opera Company—an outlet for local singers to display their aria-exploring skills while taking on some of history’s favorite works.

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