Sat 6/16 @ 7:30PM
The Cleveland Opera (formerly Opera Circle Cleveland) comes to Playhouse Square with a work even most avid opera lovers probably haven’t had the chance to hear: The Haunted Manor by Stanisław Moniuszko, first performed in 1865. And while it is much beloved in Poland, it’s rarely performed outside that country. However, the company’s founders, Dorota Sobieska and Jacek Sobieski, are Polish so they are reaching back to their roots and presenting the opera to mark the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.
The four-act opera includes comedy, romance and some apparently (but not really) supernatural elements, as two brothers who have vowed never to marry in case needed to defend their country encounter two lovely young women who makes them think again. And there are rivals and complications — of course.
The Cleveland Opera will present a fully staged production with sets and costumes, sung in Polish with projected English titles. The Cleveland Ballet will perform dances based on Polish folk dance, in costumes specially designed for the show. Grzegorz Nowak, music director at the Grand Opera in Warsaw, principle conductor of the Cleveland Opera, and permanent associate conductor of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will be conducting the musicians.
Tickets for the one-night-only production at the Ohio Theatre are $25-$65 with students and children half price. Order them at the Playhouse Square box office.