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.
Currently at Julia Morgan Theater:
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Based on the enduring 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (author of The Secret Garden), this musical adaptation of A Little Princess, presented by Berkeley Playhouse, centers around Sara Crewe, a generous and inventive young girl who is left at the mercy of a cruel headmistress after her father disappears searching for the mysterious city of Timbuktu. Though made to work as a servant in a boarding school, Sara finds within herself the heart of a princess in this song-filled adaptation, designed to delight adults and kids alike. The musical was written by Brian Crawley and Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, The Addams Family, The Wild Party). Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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.
Quotes & Highlights
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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
About the Ticket Supplier: Pocket Opera
Hailed by the press as "triumphant," "thrilling" and "funny," Pocket Opera enchants audiences with innovative, unpredictable productions that aim for the heart, challenge the mind and tickle the funny bone. Superb professional singers perform original English translations of classic and lesser known operas, accompanied by the Pocket Philharmonic. Dr. Pippin's vibrant and witty translations are also available to other companies and educational institutional.