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Two Mini Operas: The Telephone and A Hand of Bridge

Menotti & Barber

October 24 2015

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Crucible Studio Theatre, 8:45pm

Two Mini Operas: The Telephone and A Hand of Bridge - Menotti & Barber

At only 9 minutes long, A Hand of Bridge may be the shortest opera that is regularly performed and we are delighted to be bringing it to the Classical Sheffield Festival. Written by Samuel Barber this delightful comic opera shows you a short moment of a couples’ game night and highlights the four characters’ inner thoughts. A Hand of Bridge will be preceeded by Barber’s Symphonic Poem Knoxville: Summer of 1915; a beautiful piece reflecting on the childhood of a young boy growing up in 20th century America. The evening will begin with a work by Barber’s long term partner Gian Carlo Menotti and his much loved classic The Telephone, a short opera in which Ben tries tirelessly to propose to his girlfriend Lucy, however, she is pre-occupied with her brand new telephone!