The Housewives of Windsor -- that's Shakespeare's Windsor -- are out in full force wreaking havoc as Falstaff falls in love in the comic opera The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Boston Midsummer Opera brings Otto Nicolai's tuneful 1849 version of the Bard's raucous comedy to life in a fully stage and costumed production at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, July 24, 26 and 28.
Merry Wives tells an hilarious tale of love and marriage, jealousy and revenge, class and wealth, as portly Falstaff, an aging has-been, simultaneously courts two married women using identical love letters. The faithful wives decide to take revenge on the would-be Lothario, while Anna, the voluptuous young daughter of one of the wives, tries to outwit her parents as they choose who she'll wed.
Antonio Ocampo-Guzman directs and Susan Davenny Wyner conducts the orchestra. The production will be sung in an English translation by John Moriarty and is the first professional staging of it in New England.
The cast includes internationally known soprano Martha Guth and rising star contralto Stephanie Kacoyanis as the two wives -- Alice Ford and Meg Page; the Metropolitan Opera's Dean Elzinga and Ricardo Lugo as the two husbands and American buffo bass Jason Budd, making his BMO debut as Falstaff.
Dancers from Central Mass Dance Academy of Worcester are featured, and faculty members Kellie Shea and Laura Lobo created the choreography.
Performances are Wed., July 24, and Fri., July 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Sun., July 28, at 3 p.m. A pre-concert lecture by classical music critic Richard Dyer takes place an hour before the performances. $40-$60 at www.bostonmidsummeropera.org or call 617-227-0442.
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- MAGICAL MUSICAL: Boston Children's Theatre brings the Tony Award-winning musical Pippin to audiences for six shows, July 18-21, at The Governor's Academy in Byfield. Featuring a cast of 58 youngsters, ages 9-14, the show won the 2013 Tony Best Revival of a Musical. Lisa Yuen, a Broadway actress, directs the show, which follows a young man, Pippin, on his journey to find meaning in his life. Performances Thursday-Sunday, July 18-21, at 7:30 p.m. and matinees Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21, at 2 p.m. $15-$20, adults; and $10-$15, students. Call 617-424-6634, ext. 222 or www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org.
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