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The college administration and President Denise Battles’ recent
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Tickets on Sale NOW for June 10 & 12 Performances at UNLV’s Performing Arts Center Box Office
A Double-Bill of Divine Comedies
With its merry-go-round exchange of deluded and bewitched lovers, an orphan-turned-princess, a usurped prince, a jewel and a flower with magical properties, a march to the scaffold and a meddling ‘mistress-of-ceremonies’ who encourages the young lovers to disguise and deceive, William Makepeace Thackeray’s The Rose and the Ring has all the ingredients of an opera buffa.
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19 May 2015
Jonathan Dove’s Flight, Opera Holland Park
On 6 June, Jonathan Dove’s Flight touches down in Kensington,
west London. Opera Holland Park is to stage the first London production of
Dove’s operatic presentation of the real-life story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri,
the Iranian exile who, lacking residency rights or refugee status, was forced
to live in the departure lounge of Terminal One at Charles de Gaulle Airport
for 18 years.
Commissioned by Glyndebourne Opera and premiered in September 1998 by
Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Richard Jones’ original production of Flight
was subsequently staged twice in the main house, in 1999 and 2005. The
opera was televised by Channel 4 in 1999, and there have since been more than
80 productions across Europe and in the US. The critical response has been
Flight is a rarity in more ways than one. Modern-day operatic
comedies are few and far between, and there can’t be many new comic operas
that have received such universal acclaim since the days of Rossini and
Donizetti. Moreover, how many operas are there set in an airport lounge or
which feature on-stage childbirth? Yet, airports are places of transit through
which pass representatives of all walks of life and in which relationships
develop and unravel, and the libretto, by British playwright April de Angelis,
presents an ensemble cast of 10 which serves as a microcosm of the human
Glyndebourne’s General Director, Anthony Whitworth-Jones, wondered when
commissioning the work whether Dove could create ‘A Marriage of
Figaro for the 1990s’. Flight certainly shares
Figaro’s integration of the serious and the comic. While there is
much to raise a belly laugh, the Refugee’s own narrative is profoundly
moving, his ‘imprisonment’ poignantly juxtaposed with the freedom of those
inside the aircraft which we see take off, his life ‘on pause’ while those
around him quite literally move forward.
Dove’s score is eclectic: by turns extravagantly ‘Romantic’ and
restrictively ‘minimalist’, one can detect echoes from Shostakovich to
Britten (not least in the word setting) to Sondheim.
Funny yet provocative, topical but also indebted to the past, Flight
has become one of the most popular and oft-performed British operas of
recent decades. As Fiona Maddocks, writing in the Observer commented:
‘One reason Jonathan Dove’s Flight was such a triumph at
Glyndebourne is that he understands the marriage of theatre and music. He knows
how to rouse passions and raise smiles. Tunes flow in abundance, and for him,
creating a mood, capturing a feeling for an instant, are second nature.’
Flight will be performed at Opera Holland Park on June 6, 10, 12,
17, 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets for those under 30 years-of-age cost just £20.
here for an exclusive interview with Jonathan Dove .