Photo by The Pirates of Penzance, 2017. Photo by Cory Weaver.

Mack the Knife is The Man I Love: A Weill-Gershwin Cabaret

February 9, 2019

Featuring the songs of George Gershwin and Kurt Weill

Did these two geniuses ever cross paths on Broadway? Did they know that they were contributing to a set of works that would truly “set the standard” for American popular song? Enjoy a slate of standards, such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Summertime,” “September Song,” and “Mack the Knife,” in a cabaret setting that promises to chase away the winter blues.

This performance is underwritten by Virginia and Charles Clark. 


Cosí fan tutte

March 16, 20, 22, and 24, 2019


With a name that practically screams “master manipulator,” the cynical Don Alfonso goads two friends into making a not-so-friendly wager. Its outcome will either defend the virtue of the two sisters they love, or expose a duplicitous streak supposedly  inherent in all women. Unknown to their brides-to-be, a battle of the sexes has begun, and the two men set out to test the faithfulness of their fiancées, but end up tempting Fate in the process.

In the midst of madcap machismo and pre-feminist farce, we find Mozart in Monte Carlo, sipping mojitos, reveling in the mischief, and leaving the rest of us to marvel at his musical masterpiece.



March 30 and 31, 2019

By Sarah Kirkland Snider

What happens when a soldier finally comes home—but remembers nothing? This groundbreaking song cycle, based on The Odyssey but told from Penelope’s point of view, was named one of the five best genre-defying works in 2010 by National Public Radio. A meditation on the trauma of war, memory, and home, Penelope is sure to be touching, intimate, and dramatic.


The Pearl Fishers

April 27; May 1, 3, and 5, 2019


Two old friends, one a simple pearl diver and the other a powerful island chieftain, are unexpectedly reunited with the woman whose beauty nearly destroyed their friendship. This “goddess among us” is a veiled priestess who wards off storms and evil spirits through a life of solitude and celibacy. To break her vow means certain death, but she and the young pearl diver fan the flames of a fiery forbidden love anyway. That’s when the storm really hits the sand.

The chieftain, picking through what’s left of his village and his heart, must condemn both his best friend and his greatest desire to death. But the priestess has one final trick left up her sari.

This sensuous staging of Bizet’s exotic pre-Carmen classic explodes with expressive patterns and extravagant colors created by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.


Past Seasons and Performances

2018 - 2019

Mainstage Season:

Explorations Series:

  • High Fidelity Opera, November 17, 2018
    Cabaret: Mack the Knife is the Man I Love, February 9, 2019
    Penelope, March 30-31, 2019


Main Stage Season:

Explorations Series:


Main Stage Season:

Explorations Series:

  • Meet the Resident Artists, September 11, 2016
  • Schubert | Beatles, October 1, 2016
  • The Juliet Letters, January 28 and 29, 2017
  • American Voices, March 19, 2017


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