The Silent Woman By Richard Strauss

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The Silent Woman By Richard Strauss
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Retired sea captain Dr. Morosus marries a young woman who turns out rather differently that what he expected, with an opera-in-an-opera twist.

Morosus desires only to be left in peace, but his trusted barber convinces him that a silent wife would be just the thing to improve his household by cooking meals and cleaning house. Morosus' nephew Henry agrees to present some candidates for approval, but enlists the help of his opera troupe to provide the personnel: demure brides, parsons, notaries, and wedding guests. Once Morosus has been tricked into marrying the shy Aminta, she lets loose a rein of terror and noise, much to Morosus' regret—until Henry reveals the deception.

Strauss's 1935 comic A Silent Woman (Die schweigsame Frau) uses a libretto from Stefan Zweig, based on Ben Jonson's 1609 comedy titled Epicoene, or the Silent Woman. (Zweig is the inspiration for the 2014 hit film The Grand Budapest Hotel.) SummerFest performances of A Silent Woman represent the third year of a planned multi-year Strauss cycle, focusing on ravishing but lesser-known works by this 20th century master. Previous productions have included Ariadne on Naxos (2014) and Capriccio (2015).

This Pennsylvania Premiere will open Friday, July 22 at 7:30 pm and will be followed by an ticketed Opening Night Party with light fare & cabaret.

There is a matinee on Sunday, July 24 at 2 pm.

THE SILENT WOMAN by Richard Strauss

Libretto by Clemens Strauss,
English translation by Maria Massey

Directed by Jonathan Eaton & Conducted by Brent McMunn

Tickets $25-$75
Discounts for AAA, VisitPittsburgh, groups, and more!
Students 50% off online or at door with ID.
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By: Opera Theater of Pittsburgh