Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ladies Of Opera Take The Stage Together

“Femme Fatale” gives classic repertoire a mysterious twist.

Watershed Opera is proud to present “Femme Fatale,” a clever twist on some of the world’s most beloved opera characters. This diabolical comedy will be performed at Town Hall Seattle on Sunday, Dec. 3.

“Femme Fatale” is dedicated to the iconic ladies of opera — fiery, courageous women who have defied social expectations for generations. The cast of characters includes:

  • Manon, a teenage, convent-bound ne’er-do-well who escapes to Paris with her lover by stealing a stagecoach (from “Manon,” by Jules Massenet)
  • Musetta, a sultry songstress who craves her independence (from “La bohème,” by Giacomo Puccini)
  • The Queen of the Night, a conniving villainess who hypnotizes two young men to do her bidding (from “The Magic Flute,”by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  • The ill-fated Carmen, whose hot temperament spells her doom (from “Carmen,” by Georges Bizet).

Several orchestrated scenes from “Missing,” a new opera by Watershed co-founder Jordan Corbin Wentworth, will share the bill with these immortal ladies. Corbin’s murder mystery follows a banker who is about to marry into the perfect life — until he falls for a mysterious women on a “Missing Persons” poster.

The Watershed Opera, a recent transplant from New York City, strives to create new opera lovers by combing classic repertoire with contemporary work, as well as preserve and respect the traditions of old. Watershed is a stepping stone for many young artists — as well as opera houses — because it provides an opportunity to explore new material.

A special pre-performance reception (with wine and beer available for purchase) kicks off at 6 p.m., an hour before curtain. Costumes are not required, but if you choose, dress as your favorite dangerous man or women for the chance to win special prizes. Tickets ($10) are available online.

Femme Fatale” at Town Hall Seattle | 7 — 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3 

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