Photo by Karli Cadel

High Fidelity Opera

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 7:30 PM

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.


on the blog

Enter the Theater of the Mind, by High Fidelity director Edward Berkeley

From The Lone Ranger to The Jazzy Vegetarian, by Deb Bell

Cast ~ The Old Maid and the Thief

Miss ToddKelly Birch +
LaetitiaKaylie Kahlich +
Miss PinkertonKristin Newbegin *
BobSeokJong Baek +

PianistJames Maverick +

Supers: Sarah Jeter, Ernesto Suarez

+ Lyric Opera Resident Artist
* Guest Artist

Cast ~ A Hand of Bridge

David, a businessman – SeokJong Baek +
Geraldine, his wife – Kaylie Kahlich +
Bill, a laywer – Joseph Leppek +
Sally, his wife – Kelly Birch +

PianistJames Maverick +

Supers: Sarah Jeter, Ernesto Suarez

+ Lyric Opera Resident Artist

Creative Team

Conductor Carolyn Watson *
DirectorEdward Berkeley *
Lighting Designer – Mario Raymond
Costume Designer – Nancy Robinson *
Technical Director
– Brad Kanouse
Rehearsal AccompanistJames Maverick +
Props Master – Deb Morgan
Titles Operator – Sarah Zsohar
Stage Manager – Karl Anderson
Head Scenic ArtistGen Goering

* Lyric Opera Debut
+ Lyric Opera Resident Artist

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