For the week of September 13-19…
The Marriage of Figaro, September 17, 18 and 20, Marcus Center, 929 N Water St (mso.org)
Music Director Edo de Waart begins his final season as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director in grand style with this weekend’s performances of the final opera of Mozart’s trilogy of comic operas he composed with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte (Previously performed were Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte). Taken together, they are considered one of the greatest opera trilogies ever. Maestro de Waart says Figaro …”is the opera I know best and have done the most. Every number is a masterpiece.”
Like the previously performed operas, the performances of Figaro will be “semi-staged” under the direction of Robin Guarino, which means the characters will be performing on a stage with very few props, with the characters themselves dressed in contemporary style. The MSO will be the pit orchestra, but the pit will be semi-raised so the orchestra will be visible to the audience. While some patrons may bemoan the lack of a “grand opera” production, many have applauded the previous productions for their focus on the music and characters over sets and costumes. Indeed, Mozart’s glorious music is enough of a reason not to miss this special event, sure to be one of Milwaukee’s great cultural highlights of 2016!
Speaking of season openers, I must take a moment to mention that my pal Sandy Maxx and her team is back with a new season of Milwaukee Public Television’s fine long-running program The Arts Page, which focuses on the Milwaukee area’s cultural scene. For the new season there are new show times, which are the following: Thursdays at 6:30 pm on channel 36.1 and 10 pm on channel 10.1; Fridays at 12:30 am on channel 36.1; and Saturdays at 11 am on channel 36.1. Of course, you can always stream the program episodes anytime at mptv.org!
With the arrival of fall is the return of another Milwaukee tradition: This Saturday and Sunday marks the sixth Doors Open Milwaukee weekend. This popular event allows the public rare access to hundreds of iconic Milwaukee structures and sites. Many of the tours and events are free, but because of demand and limited availability, tickets must be obtained for access to some of the most popular sites. For a full schedule and to order tickets (if necessary), go to historicmilwaukee.org.
In next week’s edition, we’ll preview another Milwaukee Fall tradition: the 2016 Milwaukee Film Festival!!