- One ticket to see Washington Concert Opera presents Il corsaro
- When: Sunday, March 9, at 6 p.m.
- Where: George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium
- Door time: 4 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $30 for the rear terrace (up to $60 value)
- $25 for the front orchestra side (up to $50 value)
- $20 for the top terrace (up to $40 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
Corrado, the head of the corsairs, is in exile on a Greek island with his pirate comrades and his true love, Medora, when he receives information about a weakness in the Turkish Pasha’s fleet. Seeing his chance, he rounds up his fellow pirates to confront his rival, disguising himself as a dervish to infiltrate the Pasha’s banquet. After he reveals his true identity, a battle erupts, igniting the banquet hall and forcing Corrado to turn his attention from the Pasha to the women in the the Pasha’s harem who are about to be burned alive. The Pasha uses this chance to regroup his men, successfully capturing Corrado and sentencing him to death. Meanwhile, Gulnara, an unwilling member of the harem, plots to free Corrado and herself by whatever means necessary—hopefully in time to get him back to Medora. <p>
Giuseppe Verdi based his three-act opera on Lord Byron’s poem The Corsair, first staging it in 1848 after four years of struggle to get it to the stage. Though “Il corsaro” is rarely performed, it brims with the themes of the his most heart-wrenching operas and the juiciest entries in his younger sibling’s diary: passion, betrayal, and lost love.<p>
Washington Concert Opera
As their motto goes, “It’s all about the music.” Eschewing props, costumes, and staging for a focus on the sounds of voices and instruments, the Washington Concert Opera seeks to thrill audiences with performances by some of the profession’s leading lights. Their stripped-down approach allows the company to focus on rarely produced works, from little-known Rossinis to classic Puccini B-sides.