Classical music boosts listeners' brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with this Groupon.
- $20 for one ticket to see Mark Twain and the General and Pagliacci (up to a $35 value)
- Where: Brook Arts Center
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Saturday, May 24, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, May 25, at 3 p.m.
- Saturday, May 31, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m.
Mark Twain and the General
General Ulysses S. Grant is dying, and nearly penniless to boot. Weakened by cancer, living on whiskey, and haunted by ghosts, he has one aspiration before the end comes: to finish his autobiography, in the hopes of improving his family's finances and laying to rest the souls of both Union and Confederate soldiers that plague his conscience. In this state, he's visited by an author looking for a professional boost: Samuel "Mark Twain" Clemens, who launches a remarkable scheme to market the book and make money for them both. The opera was first performed in 2012, with meaty roles for all singers and a score that mixes Civil War–era musical modes with a classical vocabulary.
During the overture, the clown Tonio defies the closed curtain and pokes out his makeup-coated face, imploring the audience to remember that actors are real people with feelings. The opera then officially commences at a village, where a roving actors’ troupe prepares to put on the drama of Pagliaccio. The head of the company, Canio, professes his trust in his wife, Nedda, even as Tonio seeks to draw her astray and a villager, Silvio, already has. Just as the tangle of jealousies and betrayals begins to grow taut, the actors’ show begins, and a violent finale seems all but certain.
Eastern Opera of New Jersey
The mission of Eastern Opera of New Jersey is pretty straightforward—that is, promoting the pleasures of opera—but in fulfilling it the company takes a three-pronged approach. First of all, it brings great opera to the people of New Jersey and any out-of-town relatives they want to show a good time with rapturous performances of Carmen, Otello, Die Fledermaus, and other classics. The company also helps budding opera singers develop their range theatrically and vocally through training programs and workshop performances, while a lecture series and concert performances with guest lecturers enlighten as they engage audiences.