Thursday, May 14, 2009

ANNOUNCING: Brooklyn Repertory Opera's "A Masked Ball"

BROOKLYN REPERTORY OPERA presents Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece "A Masked Ball" (Un Ballo in Maschera), a fully-staged production with orchestra and chorus in the historic Lyceum Theatre in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Anthony Russell, bass, will be playing the role of Samuel, a scheming courtier bent on assassinating the King of Sweden for personal reasons you will have to find out yourself by attending.

Performances are on Sunday, June 7 at 3:30pm and Friday, June 12. There are other performances of the opera, about which you can find out here, but seeing as I'm not singing at those other performances, I can't imagine why you'd want to attend those as well as mine except out of a great love for Verdi.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Seating is general.

The Brooklyn Lyceum is located at the 227 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, New York on the corner of Fourth Ave. and Union Street. It is immediately across the street from the Union Street Station on the Brooklyn-bound M and R trains.

"A Masked Ball" is sung in English, minimally set and in modern dress; Brooklyn Repertory Opera is a small opera company that exists primarily to bring great musical drama to Brooklyn and to provide a chance for young up-and-coming singers (not unlike myself) to make their voices heard.

A link to Brooklyn Repertory Opera's decidedly minimalist website is here.

A link to Wikipedia's article on Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (including a synopsis) is here.

Hope to see you there!

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