Guides for Musicals, Plays, Operas & Operettas

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Capriccio

In 18th century Paris, Countess Madeleine loves both music and poetry. And soon she finds herself wooed by both a musician and a poet. The Countess suggests that her two suitors collaborate on an opera. However, after the opera, she still cannot decide if she loves music or words or the musician... read more

Castor et pollux

Castor et Pollux is the story of brotherly and romantic love that brings its own heroic rescue of Castor from the Underworld, as Pollux encounters the devils and monsters that try to bar his way. Eventually both brothers are granted immortality, taking their place in the sky as the heavenly twins... read more

Charley's Aunt

Charley and Jack love Amy and Kitty. Amy is about to go away, and Charley thinks he may miss his opportunity to ask for her hand. Then he discovers that his aunt, a Brazilian woman he hardly knows, is coming for lunch. How fortuitous Now the aunt can chaperone while the boys ask the girls to... read more

Chase Me, Comrade!

Chase Me, Comrade is a hilarious British farce written by Ray Cooney, inspired by the true story of Rudolf Nureyev, a famous Russian ballet dancer, who defected to the West in the 1960’sNancy Rimmington is the daughter of the famous Commander Rimmington of the British Navy. One day, her friend, A... read more

La Clemenza di Tito

Vitellia, daughter to the former Roman emperor, Vitellius, is so bitter that the new emperor, Tito , does not requite her love, that she engages in a plot to assassinate him. While she is pining after Titus, Sextus is pining after her -- and Vitellia takes advantage, enlisting him to manage the... read more

Collette Collage

Colette Collage concerns the great French authoress and takes place in various times and places. The first part of the show revolves around Colette's youthful marriage to an exploitive older man, culminating in her break for independence. Act two shows her as a mature and successful lady. She end... read more

The Consul

When her family’s safety is put at risk, Magda Sorel must obtain visas for them to leave the country. Magda is pitted against a bureaucracy that is unrelenting and which has a corrupt and manipulative secret police. The Consul is a suspense-filled opera packed with emotion and surprises that will... read more

Count Ory (Le comte Ory )

Count Ory is a bored, rich and impetuous nobleman. He only enjoys playing games with people and finding love. Ory takes it upon himself to seduce the Countess Adele from a neighboring castle. In order to get into the castle, he dresses up as wise hermit, but he is eventually discovered. Then,... read more

Countess Maritza

Maritza, a wealthy land-owner, is tired of men trying to marry her for her money. Thus, she announces her engagement to the fictitious Baron Kolomán Zsupán. Soon, however, Maritza falls in love with one of her staff, the bailiff Béla Törek, who is in reality Count Tassilo, an impoverished noblema... read more

The Curious Savage

The Curious Savage is the story of an elderly widow named Mrs. Savage, whose husband has left her $10 million dollars. She intends to give the entire fortune away to people who wish to pursue their “foolish dreams,” but her stepchildren strongly object. To prevent her from doing away with their f... read more