Poland's Favorite Opera Halka from Pocket Opera
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The last date listed for Halka was Saturday April 3, 2010 / 7:30pm.
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Artistic director Carolina Lugo, her daughter Carolé Acuña and their talented company of singers and musicians bring the sultry and sensuous flamenco dance to vibrant life. Their show combines the pulsating sounds of footwork, song, castanets, syncopated hand clapping and guitar for a riveting display of this true Spanish art form. This award-winning ensemble has been providing Bay Area audiences with passionate performances for more than 15 years, bringing artists from Spain and abroad to appear with them. Peña Pachamama is known for its Latin American, Bolivian and raw food tapas and other dishes, plus wine, beer and specialty cocktails for purchase. Learn More
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Featured review from George Craft
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Although my wife and I enjoyed the venue and although I expanded my opera knowledge by attending 'Halka', neither one of us enjoyed the opera. It did have a few good melodies and the Polish national costumes were striking; but the opera was extremely static, sentimental, and annoyingly melodramatic; the performances were acceptable. I now understand why this opera is rarely performed.
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By Stanislaw Moniuszko
English Translation by Donald Pippin
The other masterpiece by the composer of last season’s buoyant The Haunted Manor, similar in its luscious melody rich with the flavor of Poland, but far different in effect. A heartrending tale of misplaced love, somewhat akin to the ballet Giselle. A richly melodic score, steeped in Polish folk balladry and dance rhythms, it has been said that were it in French or Italian, it would be universally known and loved as one of the great operas of the 19th century. Judge for yourself when it will be heard for the first time ever in a brand new English translation.
Patricia Polukowicz as Halka
Darron Flagg as Jontek
Todd Donovan as Johnny