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Loyola Opera Theatre Presents Street Scene by Kurt Weill

Loyola press release - December 19, 2016

Loyola’s performances mark New Orleans premiere of opera reflecting 1940s immigrant life

Loyola Opera Theatre begins the New Year with a bang, presenting Street Scene by Kurt Weill, which premiered on Broadway in 1947 and is now performed in opera houses throughout the world. Based on the 1929 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Elmer Rice, and with lyrics by Harlem Renaissance poet and American writer Langston Hughes, the work reflects immigrant life in 1940s New York City. Loyola’s performances mark the first time the opera has been performed in the city.

Rounding out Loyola’s large cast are undergraduate and graduate students of Loyola’s award-winning opera program, as well as faculty and 11 talented young children from the greater New Orleans area. The 30-piece orchestra includes both faculty and students from Loyola’s acclaimed College of Music and Fine Arts.

Performances are slated for Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located on the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The two-act American opera is part of Loyola University New Orleans’ acclaimed Montage Performing and Fine Arts series, which this year celebrates “The Creative American Spirit.”

Street Scene debuted at a time when immigration to the U.S. following World War II was booming, and tensions were heightened, particularly for those struggling in tenement life,” said Carol Rausch, director of Loyola Opera Theatre. “This opera demonstrates with passion and humor the challenges and beauty that can arise when people of all nationalities come together in difficult conditions.”

Composer Kurt Weill, who fled Nazi Germany and became a U.S. citizen in 1943, fused European musical traditions with American jazz and blues in his opera about the ethnic melting pot in a 1940s New York City tenement. Street Scene ranks with Porgy and Bess and West Side Story as a true American classic, with themes that are as relevant today as they were 60 years ago.

With a set created by the New Orleans Opera Scenic Studio and costumes from A.T. Jones & Sons, stage director Cara Consilvio and music director/conductor Carol Rausch bring to life these not-to-be-missed performances.

Tickets are $40 preferred, $25 general admission, $15 students, seniors, and Loyola faculty and staff. Tickets may be purchased on etix here, emailing tickets@loyno.edu, at the door, or by calling the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.

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