Oberlin Opera Theater - Viva la Mamma by Donizetti & Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Poulenc
"Opera is not only alive and well at Oberlin, it's also adventurous." - Donald Rosenberg, Plain Dealer Staging two major productions each year, Oberlin Opera Theater is known for artistic excellence and innovation. Whether presenting a bold, new interpretation of a classic, the world premiere of a contemporary work, or a historically informed version of a little-known baroque gem, Oberlin Opera Theater often challenges operatic norms. Its productions have received the highest critical acclaim from local and national publications, earning positive reviews in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal,and the Plain Dealer. Oberlin Opera Theater, directed by Jonathon Field, in collaboration with the Oberlin Orchestra under the baton of Raphael Jiménez, presents a double bill of one-act operas. The farcical Viva la Mamma is an ‘opera within an opera’ that opens on a company in rehearsal with a prima donna refusing to take direction, a director pulling his hair out in frustration, and a singer can who barely perform the part he has been given. Absurdist humor rules Les Mamelles de Tirésias—an operatic setting of Guillaume Apollinaire's play that adeptly illustrates issues of feminism and gender roles. This double bill will be performed in English.