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Love In Public - an opera cabaret

  • April 19 - April 29
  • Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
  • 149 West Hastings Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7
  • Phone: 778-782-9286
  • Venue: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
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an opera cabaret

Music by David MacIntyre
Words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Sonnets from the Portuguese

Starring Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano; Megan Morrison, mezzo soprano;
Frederik Robert, tenor; Warren Kimmel, baritone; David Boothroyd, piano;
with dancers Kaylin Metchie and Juan Carlos Villegas

Directed by Peter Jorgensen
Designed by Marti Wright
Lighting by Barry Hegland

Produced by David MacIntyre

Performances at April 19-21 and April 24-28 | 8:00 PM
Matinees on Sundays April 22 and April 29 | 2:00 PM

In a sophisticated blend of music, poetry, theatre and dance; Love in Public, a contemporary opera cabaret re-imagining of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese by Vancouver composer David MacIntyre, debuts in a new theatrical production directed by Peter Jorgensen.

Forty-four songs interpreted by four fabulous singers with an intoxicating piano-driven score, Love in Public invites audiences to contemplate the role of the love song in the 21st Century. What place does traditional courtship and the writings of romance hold in modern times where irony tends to triumph over sentiment and texting has replaced the love letter?

Love in Public stars acclaimed soloists of the opera/music theatre stage: soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen; mezzo soprano Megan Morrison; tenor Frederik Robert; and baritone Warren Kimmel. David Boothroyd, a nationally known performer with a twenty-five year career in opera, will collaborate on piano. This world premiere production is directed by Peter Jorgensen, a rising star in Vancouver's music theatre scene, well known for his work with Patrick Street Productions. Student dancers from Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts will round out the cast.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese, a highly personal collection of love poems, was published in 1850. Obscurely titled to deflect readers' attentions from her love affair with Robert Browning, Barrett's collection was a public telling of emotion, not all that different from modern online and reality television culture, where the intimacy between lovers becomes public. Contemporary audiences will revisit Barrett's words in a new context, forever altering confessions such as, ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.'

"Love in Public is the perfect ‘date night' for lovers of all ages and orientations," says producer and composer David MacIntyre, "It's like the first blog - 150 years early."

Purchased your ticket already? Invite your friends to come via the Love in Public Facebook event page.

April 19 - 29, 2012 - evening shows at 8:00 PM
April 22 and 29 - matinees at 2:00 PM

Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
B2 level, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Photo by David Cooper

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