High Fidelity Opera
Michael & Ginger Frost Production Arts Building
712 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Featuring The Old Maid and the Thief and A Hand of Bridge
Conductor: Carolyn Watson | Director: Edward Berkeley
Composer, The Old Maid and the Thief: Gian Carlo Menotti | Composer, A Hand of Bridge: Samuel Barber
Enter the “theater of the mind” and explore the sights and sounds of the golden age of radio, when American families tuned in for everything from The Lone Ranger to Jack Benny, The Shadow, Ray Bradbury stories, and live performances by symphony orchestras and big bands. Director Edward Berkeley has fashioned a performance featuring parts of Norman Corwin’s The Anatomy of Sound, which serve to introduce two popular American radio operas by Menotti and Barber. The audience will also be treated to sound effects performed by the singers.
The Old Maid and the Thief is a dark comedy about questionable morals.
In A Hand of Bridge, two unhappily-married couples conduct a hand of bridge, while confessing some of their innermost fears and desires.
The Kansas City Lyric Opera Guild will provide a reception immediately following the performance.
Run time: approximately 85 minutes.
Sung in English with English subtitles.
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Cast ~ The Old Maid and the Thief
Cast ~ A Hand of Bridge
Conductor – Carolyn Watson *
Director – Edward Berkeley *
Lighting Designer – Mario Raymond
Costume Designer – Nancy Robinson *
Technical Director – Brad Kanouse
Rehearsal Accompanist – James Maverick +
Props Master – Deb Morgan
Titles Operator – Sarah Zsohar
Stage Manager – Karl Anderson
Head Scenic Artist – Gen Goering
* Lyric Opera Debut
+ Lyric Opera Resident Artist