Opera Saratoga: “The Bremen Town Musicians” | Offenbach, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Davies

Saturday, March 25th 2017 at 3:00 pm

In a world where the default forms of entertainment for children are primarily television, video games and the Internet, Opera Saratoga’s Opera-to-Go new production of The Bremen Town Musicians provides youth with an all-too-rare opportunity to experience the visceral thrill of the live performing arts, up close and personal!

Featuring the music of J. Offenbach, G. Rossini, G. Donizetti, A. Sullivan, and G. Verdi; John Davies has adapted the beloved Brothers Grimm Folk tale into delightful children’s opera.

An operatic version of The Town Musicians of Bremen with music by J. Offenbach, G. Rossini, G. Donizetti, A. Sullivan and G. Verdi. that is ideal for children in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.

The cast of characters:

  • Eddie Pensier ……. A singing rooster with artistic aspirations
  • General Boom …… A retired Army donkey and percussionist
  • Barcarolle ………… An old dog and best friend of Dorabella
  • Dorabella …………. An old cat and best friend of Barcarolle

Synposis:

Eddie Pensier is chased away from his farm for waking the barnyard with tenor arias. On the very same day, Barcarolle and Dorabella are cast out by their owner for being too old to catch rabbits and mice. The three animals run into the woods near the road to Bremen where General Boom is marching along playing his drum. He’s on his way to Bremen to begin a new band. As each of the runaways cross the General’s path, he invites them to join his band. They have plans of their own, however, and decline the invitation.

The woods surrounding the Bremen Road are filled with uncertainty. Eddie, Dorabella and Barcarolle become lost and argue angrily until General Boom hears their shouting and rescues them. With rumors of robbers all about and night approaching, they accept the General’s suggestion to overlook their differences, join his band and march to Bremen. But, can the four very different creatures band together before pirates steal their instruments?

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VENUE:
Saratoga Springs Public Library
49 Henry St, Saratoga Springs, NY

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