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Dinner at Eight

Thursday, November 9, 2017 7:30PM
Power Center

<span style="color:#08088A"><font size="4"><b>Dinner at Eight</b></font></span>
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a new opera
Music by William Bolcom
Libretto by Mark Campbell

University Opera Theatre directed by Robert Swedberg
University Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Kathleen Kelly

Reserved Seating $30 and $24 • Students $12 with ID

The Story: Based on the wildly successful 1932 Depression era black comedy by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, this new opera by SMTD Professor Emertus William Bolcom centers on a Manhattan dinner party. With only a week’s notice, socialite Millicent Jordan frantically tries to pulls together the perfect dinner party to impress visiting English nobility. As she blithely plans the fashionable soiree, her guests all have secrets revealed, with business intrigues, romantic dalliances, disease, and deceits all ready to unravel her carefully planned arrangements.

Background: Commissioned by the Minnesota Opera for its New Works Initiative, Dinner at Eight brings together U-M’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom (A View from the Bridge) and librettist Mark Campbell (Silent Night, The Manchurian Candidate) for their first full-length work. The opera premiered in March 2017, with further productions scheduled for the Wexford Festival and Atlanta Opera. The score brilliantly highlights Bolcom’s expertise with American popular music of the 20th century with elements of musical theatre, rhythmic variety, and a deft orchestration that echo the characters personalities. “Dinner at Eight features marital infidelity, financial ruin, social opportunism, a fatal disease…Naturally, it’s a comedy,” states Campbell. With equal parts satiric wit and emotional resonance, Dinner at Eight captures an elite group struggling to keep up appearances as their world crumbles around them.

Listen to excerpts at this link:

Sung in English with projected English translations

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