Summer 2020 Events
Coming to you online, via Zoom and Facebook (links posted below)
In light of the current health situation, GWO will be bringing you summer events in a very different way this year - through your computer. We know it's not the same as being in the same room and sharing the wonderful experience of live performance, but it's our way of still reaching out to our community, to bring you artistic joy while we anxiously await the day we can all return to live, in-person performance. These events will be livestreamed for free. That said, donations would be greatly appreciated, as summer concerts are usually an important fundraiser for GWO, and as with every performance, there is a cost to bringing these concerts to our audience.
July 15 (7:30 PM) - Marriage of Figaro Play Reading
Zoom play reading of the Beaumarchais play upon which Mozart's magnificent opera, The Marriage of Figaro, was based. There's a great deal of character development in this rarely performed work that will deepen your understanding of the opera - join us to watch/listen to many of our onstage performers bring these characters to life! Watch the play reading on our YouTube channel: Act I (38 min), Act II (45 min), Act III (35 min), Act IV (24 min), Act V (29 min)
July 22 (7:30 PM) - Music from Italy - Live Concert
Join the artists of GWO as we present a live concert of music from Italy, featuring arias and art songs from the cradle of classical music. Accompanied by Olga Rogach. Watch the concert at any time on our YouTube channel: Link to Italian Concert.
July 29 (7:30 PM) - Gilbert and Sullivan - Live Concert
GWO brings you an evening of Gilbert & Sullivan, recorded live! Accompanied by Olga Rogach, you'll hear many of your favorite songs from this Dynamic Duo's beloved canon. Watch the video on our YouTube channel by Link to Gilbert & Sullivan Concert.
August 5 (7:30 PM) - John and Abigail Adams : Letters from Quarantine
GWO brings you a unique event - a dramatic reading of selected letters of American history's first "power couple". John and Abigail Adams both went through times of quarantine during the 18th century small pox epidemic - he shortly before their marriage, and she along with her 4 small children while her husband was helping birth the new country in Philadelphia. As expressed in their letters, they felt the pangs of isolation, fear, uncertainty and separation, much like the ones we've all been facing in the past months. Dramatically read by Todd Yard and Elaine Crane. Watch the film on our YouTube channel - John and Abigail Adams : Letters from Quarantine, or click the "play" button below.
A Puccini Double-Bill
Act II of La Bohème, and Suor Angelica, sung in English Translation
Calliope Theatre, 150 Main Street, Boylston, MA
Diamonds and Toads
Greater Worcester Opera is pleased to offer an original production for elementary age students. Diamonds and Toads is based on the French fairy tale by Perrault and tells the tale of two sisters, and how by way of a Fairy they learn the value of kind speech, and empathy. This tale has a valuable lesson, and is also an excellent introduction to the music of Mozart. The cast features Sandy Fritze as the Fairy, Erin Conley/Christine Petkus as Rose and Elaine Crane as Grace, with storybook sets and costumes. The production gave its first performance on January 30, 2009 in Worcester and has been delighting schools and communities throughout Massachusetts ever since.
Hansel and Gretel