OperaDelaware springs into Shakespeare

For the next two weekends, OperaDelaware is bringing the Bard alive with a spring festival that focuses on William Shakespeare.

OperaDelaware will present the East Coast premiere of Franco Faccio's setting of “Hamlet” on Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m.; Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 22, at 2 p.m., at the historic Grand Opera House in Wilmington. Lost, forgotten, and now rediscovered, “Hamlet” has been hailed by opera critics as a "a remarkable achievement."

The company will also showcase "Falstaff," a production that illustrates the Bard’s comedic genius. Adapted from “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Henry IV,” it will take the stage at the Grand Opera House on Sunday, May 15, and Sunday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.

"Shakespeare in Song" will round out the festival on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the OperaDelaware studio on the Riverfront. Actors from the Delaware Shakespeare Festival will join soloists from OperaDelaware to explore favorite Shakespearean texts created by different classical composers.

OperaDelaware is a professional nonprofit opera company with a reputation for excellence in both opera and arts education. Its mission is to enrich the cultural lives of adults, families and students within the Mid-Atlantic region through meaningful arts education and the production of grand opera and intimate opera concerts, featuring established and emerging talent.

It began in 1945 when a group of local artisans gathered under the guidance of Chick Laird to present classic opera with the finest voices in Wilmington at affordable prices. Now, its patrons are geographically and culturally as diverse as ever, stretching across the East Coast, according to its website.

Ticket prices range from $28 to $95. For more information, call 302-442-7807 or visit operade.org.


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