At-a-Glance

May 22 at 7:30pm
May 24 at 3pm
Boston University Theatre

Tickets: $20–$100

Run time: 2 hours including one 20 minute intermission

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The Bear: William Walton’s “Extravaganza in one act” is a broad parody in refined musical strokes, channeling the arch humor of Chekhov’s play of the same name. Popova is an ostentatiously virtuous young widow; Smirnov is her late husband’s creditor whose blustering boorishness hides a sensitive heart. Sly insults, shouting matches, a duel, and…passion ensue.
The Zoo: This “musical folly” by famed composer Arthur Sullivan, in collaboration with librettist B.C. Stephenson, displays all the vivacity and agility of the golden age of British comic opera. Two pairs of lovers overcome obstacles to their affections, aided and abetted by running commentary from a chorus of Ladies and Gentlemen of the British Public.


The Zoo:

Daniel Shirley … Æsculapius Carboy, a chemist in love with Lætitia
Chelsea Beatty … Lætitia, loved by Carboy
Colin Levin … Thomas Brown—but really—the Duke of Islington, a nobleman disguised, in search of virtue which he finds in Eliza
Sadie Gregg … Eliza Smith, a perfectly virtuous and highly principled young lady, in charge of the Refreshment Stall
Simon Dyer … Mr. Grinder, Lætitia’s father, a retired grocer

Odyssey Opera Orchestra and Chorus
James Blachly, Conductor

Lynn Torgove, Stage Director
Stephen Dobay, Scenic Designer
Amanda Mujica, Costume Designer
Rachel Padula Shufelt, Hair and Make-up Designer
Dennis Parichy, Lighting Designer

The Bear:

Stephen Salters … Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov
Janna Baty … Yelena Ivanovna Popova
Simon Dyer … Luka

Odyssey Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Gil Rose, Conductor

Lynn Torgove, Stage Director
Stephen Dobay, Scenic Designer
Amanda Mujica, Costume Designer
Rachel Padula Shufelt, Hair and Make-up Designer
Dennis Parichy, Lighting Designer

“robust performances”

Odyssey stages British ‘folly’ and ‘extravaganza’
The Boston Globe

“a masterpiece of comic opera”

Brits Provide Frivolity and Serious Fun
The Boston Musical Intelligencer

“If Odyssey Opera’s month-long festival of British music were a symphony, this weekend’s double bill would be the scherzo.”

Too silly, too silly: Comic one-acts lighten up Odyssey Opera’s “British Invasion”
Boston Classical Review

“wonderful…cleverly selected and splendidly presented program.”

The Odyssey Opera presents Sullivan’s The Zoo and Walton’s The Bear
Arts and Culture Today