Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe)

Baron Zeta is desperate that the wealthy widow Hanna Glavari marry a Pontevedrian man so that her fortune remains in the country. He attempts to match her and his handsome attaché, Danilo. It turns out that Danilo and Hanna had had a love affair in years past. Nevertheless, Danilo now refuses... read more

Misalliance

Misalliance takes place at the estate of John Tarleton one summer afternoon. Tarleton, his wife and children, and various guests gather for a garden party. Tarleton's daughter, Hypatia, is engaged to Bentley Summerhays, but she expresses her dissatisfaction with the engagement right away. At t... read more

Le Nozze di Figaro

Le Nozze di Figaro is a fantastic farce, continuing the story of the characters from Il barbiere di Seviglia.  The once young and romantic couple, Rosina and Count Almaviva, are now established in their estate near Seville, but their marriage is in a rocky state.  Count Almaviva has now become an... read more

Prelude to a Kiss

Peter and Rita are two young, happy lovers who are getting married. On their wedding day, after their nuptial kiss, an old man comes up to kiss the bride. During this kiss, their souls exchange, and the young, beautiful woman Peter just married now houses the soul of a dying, old man. On their... read more

Rags

Rags tells the story of a naive Russian immigrant, Rebecca. She has just come to America with her young son and they struggle to make a life for themselves. While she searches for her husband who arrived earlier in America, she toils in a sweat shop. When she is finally reunited with her husba... read more

Snow White Goes West

In ‘Snow White Goes West’ the classic fairy-tale takes place during the Gold Rush. This time Snow White is pitted against a raucous saloon hall owner, Queenie, and her assistant Sneaky Sam. Of course, all ends well thanks to handsome marshal Joe Prince and the seven Dwarf Brothers . read more

La Traviata

A story of sickness, love, and death, La Traviata follows Violetta, a young courtesan who is ill with consumption as she falls, unwillingly, in love with a young man Alfredo. While she struggles with the fact that she is dying, she falls for him and they escape the city to live together in the Fr... read more

Turandot

The famous tale of Turandot revolves around the cold-hearted Princess of Peking, Turandot, and the young Prince of Tartary, Calaf, who falls in love with her at first sight. Having deemed all men unworthy of her hand, Turandot requires her suitors to answer three riddles correctly, and if he fail... read more

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Based on Italian folk tales of the Nativity and Epiphany, Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors is a retelling of the story of the Magi from the point of view of a young disabled boy named Amahl, who lives in poverty with his widowed mother near Bethlehem. He sees a bright star in th... read more

Amour

In post World War II Paris Dusoleil is an ordinary civil servant. His lazy co-workers are unhappy because Dusoleil is a hard worker who finishes his work early. To pass the time, he writes letters to his mother and daydreams about the beautiful Isabelle. Suddenly, he discovers that he has the p... read more