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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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee -- along with some added audience participation and improvised moments. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture tweenage troubles at their worst, from "Woe Is Me" to "I'm Not That Smart." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book of a Musical. 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