Street Scene by Kurt Weill
Venue: Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
MSU Opera Theatre
Kurt Weill’s Broadway-inspired operatic masterpiece, filled with sparkling tunes and soaring arias, depicts the daily life of a diverse mid-century New York neighborhood with its triumphs and tragedies.
“Street Scene” was composed and premiered in 1946, debuting on Broadway only a year later. The story is based on Elmer Rice’s play of the same name, with lyrics by Harlem Renaissance Poet Langston Hughes. Of the adaptation, Weill wrote, “I saw great musical possibilities in its theatrical device – life in a tenement house between one evening and the next afternoon. And it seemed like a great challenge to me to find the inherent poetry in these people and to blend my music with the stark realism of the play.”
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 3:00 p.m.
$20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens (age 60 and older), $10 for students with ID or anyone under age 18. Tickets available online, at the door, or at 517.353.5340.
Generously sponsored by Dr. James M. Miller and Dr. Rebecca H. Lehto
The Opera Theatre season is generously funded by the Worthington Family Foundation