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When Opera Wasn’t . . . Yet

September 1, 2010

Around the year 1600, live theater, ballet, and song were all on course for a head-on collision.  The result . . . nobody knew it yet . . . would be called “opera.”  This season, Early Music Guild’s biennial baroque opera program departs from the main historical line to present an entertainment that might have delighted audiences before anyone had heard the word opera: A Day on the Town, A Night in Hell. Set to debut in April 2011, the show brings together a world-class lineup of artists expert in the baroque arts of mime and music, dance and drama to present a double-bill of dance-drama by Monteverdi and madrigal-comedy by Vecchi. Seattle’s first peek at what it’s in for occurs at 4pm Sunday September 26th, on the KING-FM Stage of the Italian community’s annual Seattle Center party, Festa Italiana. Join Day/Night producer Theo Deacon, director Arne Zaslove, and a trio of subversive clowns for a show-tell-and-mime of scenes from Vecchi’s mime-opera-comedy L’Amfiparnasocomplete with non-simultaneous translation!

Festa Italiana Seattle 2010

4pm Sunday September 26 on the

Classical KING-FM Stage

Seattle Center

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