Written by John Gay in 1728, The Beggar’s Opera takes a bitingly satirical look at British society and politics, as well as at the conventions of Italian opera. It is widely regarded as a watershed in the history of English theater, and it has been frequently presented since its creation. With its assemblage of colorful characters—including Macheath, Polly Peachum, and Lucy Lockit—The Beggar’s Opera has inspired countless retellings, including Kurt Weill’s popular The Threepenny Opera.
Frost Opera Theater also presents its third annual Wall to Wall Opera For All Festival on Saturday, November 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at various locations at the Frost School of Music. Events will include:
• An opera introduction and preview of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring for the children and parents in the Piano Preparatory Program
• A preview performance of excerpts from Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus by composer Libby Larsen
• Arias on the Hour
• A preview of Victor Frankentstein’s aria from The Mary Shelly Opera by composer Allan Jaffe, presented by faculty members Tony Boutté and Alan Johnson
• Continuous opera video screenings
Photo credit: Michael Straeer Marko