Glimmerglass Opera to Present North American Premiere of Wagner's Das Liebesverbot

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Upstate New York's Glimmerglass Opera will present what the company says is the first complete, fully-staged North American production of Wagner's opera Das Liebesverbot ("Forbidden Love") during its 2008 season.

This early work by Wagner — a comic opera inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, with a libretto by the composer — has been performed fully staged in Germany and Ireland; in the U.S. it received a concert presentation the Waterloo Festival in New Jersey as part of the Wagner centenary celebrations in 1983.

Das Liebesverbot's premiere is tentatively scheduled for July 19, 2008, with the final performance on August 23.

The 2007 season at Glimmerglass will feature four new productions based on the myth of Orpheus: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, the Gluck/Berlioz Orph_e et Eurydice, Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld and Philip Glass's Orph_e, as well as two concert performances of Haydn's L'anima del filosofo. For 2008, the company's repertoire (including Das Liebesverbot) will be linked to Shakespeare and set on a stage resembling an Elizabethan theater.

All Glimmerglass Opera performances take place in July and August at the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown, New York. For more information, visit www.glimmerglass.org.


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