Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor, a Pocket Opera Premiere at Julia Morgan Center
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The last date listed for Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor was Saturday May 9, 2009 / 2:00pm.
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A ridiculous romp with plot digressions that will make you dizzy. Not to worry. The music charms, the cast delights, and Donald Pippin explains it all with dry humor and modern asides. Enjoy coloratura trills, authentic Polish dance, and laughs that don’t rely on off-color remarks. A perfect match for a warm spring day.
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A good price for an opera, but you get what you pay for. There were a few musicians and not a complete opera, the plot was simple and frankly a little boring. I think it would have been quite different, even spectacular to see it in a opera...continued
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“There ought to be a law. All opera in English should be performed in Donald Pippin’s translation.” —SF Classical Voice
“Pippin is to opera what Mark Twain was to American literature, a breath of fresh air and a national treasure.” —_Sacramento__ Bee_
A buoyant and colorful comedy, by a composer revered in Poland as second only to Chopin, kicks off when two young soldiers who are brothers, in a burst of patriotic fervor, vow to remain single in order to be instantly available to answer the summons of duty – a not unlikely possibility in their perennially besieged homeland. Their determination shifts radically after an eventful night spent in a reputedly haunted house, as plotted by two lively and somewhat mischievous ladies.
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