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Mannes Opera: Kurt Weill's Street Scene

Mannes Opera: Kurt Weill's Street Scene

Gerald W. Lynch Theater
General Public 

The College of Performing Arts at The New School presents a Mannes Opera production of

Kurt Weill’s Street Scene

music by Kurt Weill
lyrics by Langston Hughes
book by Elmer Rice, based on his Pulitzer-prize winning play

Friday, May 3, 7:30 pm & Saturday, May 4, 7:30 pm
Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Music director: Leslie Stifelman
Stage director: Chloe Treat

Considered by Weill himself to be an "American opera" - a synthesis of European opera and American musical theater - Street Scene combines a rigorous operatic style with a distinctively American story. As a meditation on how communities shift and tear as they accommodate new worldviews, it’s a remarkably modern and prescient piece - sometimes painfully so. Set against our home, New York City, and with a cast that embraces diversity, difference, immigration, and identity, it is impossible to experience Street Scene without seeing ourselves in the characters, with all of their glorious triumphs, hidden desires, and learned prejudices.

Under the leadership of new Managing Artistic Director Emma Griffin, the Mannes Opera is deeply invested in exposing students to work that will challenge them musically, intellectually and artistically. Furthering a broad vision of what opera can be, the program challenges its young artists to sing extraordinary music and build richly detailed performances, preparing them to thrive within a 21st-century operatic landscape that is exploding with new forms and content.  

Estimated Run Time: 2:45 with intermission


Tickets are free for New School Students with student ID at the box office on the day of the performance.

Presented by the College of Performing Arts

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