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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Smuin Ballet breaks the boundaries of traditional dance with this evening of vibrant, innovative works from some of the Bay Area's most exciting choreographers. Choreographer Garrett Ammon unleashes his own take on Tchaikovsky's iconic score in Serenade for Strings, using movement to reflect the composition's intensity and precision. In Objects of Curiosity, Smuin's choregrapher-in-residence Amy Seiwert explores the tensions between desire and restraint, pairing them with a delicate score by Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso that mirrors her study on stage. The evening concludes with Frankie and Johnny, Michael Smuin's passionate tribute to the legendary Gene Kelly, danced to a soundtrack of some of the biggest names in Latin and mambo music. 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