This lighthearted opera within an opera attempts to answer the age old question, “What is more important – music or poetry?” The Countess Madeleine is forced to determine this answer as she chooses between two suitors: Flamand, a composer, and Olivier, a poet. The opera opens at the Countess’s birthday party. Her guests include a poet, composer, actress, dancer and director, who banter on the respective merits of the arts. The slightly aggressive arguments among the men culminate with the Count declaring that "Opera is an absurd thing." As the two suitors attempt to woo the Countess with poems and song, the guests decide that as a gift for the Countess, La Roche must direct an opera about the events of the day. Flamand will set a text by Olivier to music, and the ending will be decided by the Countess.
The opera ends dramatically when she is forced to choose between her suitors, who are waiting in the library in the morning to learn the ending of the opera within the opera. Still undecided as to both the ending of the opera and her choice of lover she asks, "Is there any ending that isn't trivial?"
Dates are Mar. 2016.
|Wed, Mar 2||7:30 p.m.|
|Fri, Mar 4||8:00 p.m.|
|Sun, Mar 6||2:30 p.m.|
Approx. 2 hrs 30 min
The Aurora Series is underwritten by the Wyncote Foundation.
This production is funded, in part, through support from the William Penn Foundation.
Produced by the Curtis Institute of Music and presented in association with Opera Philadelphia and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.