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Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:45

UW-Whitewater presents American opera

Written by  Staff Writer

WHITEWATER — The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Department production of “Street Scene” opens Sunday, Feb. 25, in the Barnett Theatre inside the Greenhill Center for the Arts.
Performances are set for 2 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 1.

An opera by Kurt Weill, Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice, “Street Scene” takes place in the 1930s outside a steamy New York City tenement building. The heat generated inside the building fuels neighborhood gossip. Anna Maurrant is a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who seeks refuge in the arms of another man, ending in tragedy.

The opera explores jealousy, infatuation, lust and love set to a jazz-inspired score. The strong language and mature content might not be suitable for all audiences.

“Composer Kurt Weill, a German immigrant himself, was in love with America and the freedom it represented,” Director Kymberly Mellen said in a news release. “He considered ‘Street Scene’ the first true American opera, combining the best elements of 1930s musical theater song and dance with passionate arias and swelling large group numbers.

“It was his melodic love song to the artistic and musical freedoms he could now explore. It’s a melting pot of musical styles.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 262-472-2222 or going online to tickets.uww.edu. Tickets also may be purchased the day of performance, beginning one hour prior to curtain.

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