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210 Star Starred
Berkeley Playhouse
2640 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
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2.7 / 5 Rated by 3 members
Review from Goldstar Member

Delighted to have seen the only known Polish opera. Loved that dance was included. The costumes were superb, and the opera fun. I doubt that anyone attended expecting Great Opera. It was a good show.

reviewed Apr 03 2010 report as inappropriate
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Visit the Pocket Opera web site for more information and an audio message from translator Donald Pippin.


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

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