By Kurt Weill, libretto by Langston Hughes
Conducted by Christopher Larkin
Directed by Jonathon Field
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 8 p.m.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 public, $8 students
Location: Hall Auditorium (reserved seating, directions)
Written in 1946, Street Scene came to be known by its creator as an American opera for its blending of traditional European opera with musical theater. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Elmer Rice, Street Scene builds upon Weill’s passion for using American jazz and popular music in his operas. Set on a miserably hot day in Manhattan in 1946, the story follows a romance between two neighbors and an affair being secretly carried out on the side, as tensions build toward an epic tragedy. With its plentiful arias and ensemble pieces sung by a large cast, the score is widely considered to be Weill’s masterpiece.