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An Opera for All Staff Pick

When: Fri., Oct. 31 2014
Opera Per Tutti will strut their stuff with a concert reading of new opera Clarimonde. If you're not up to speed on your foreign languages, Opera Per Tutti means "opera for all," and this company seems dedicated to making that a reality. As the resident opera company at Cleveland Public Theatre, Opera Per Tutti wants to reach out to opera fans and to those who have never considered going to an opera. As OPT artistic director Scott Skiba says, "We think this is a perfect show for Halloween, since it involves a confrontation with the supernatural and a psychologically complex relationship with a vampire. But this isn't your typical blood-sucking vampire." Clarimonde is an English-language opera by composer Frederic Chaslin and librettist P.H. Fisher. It's an adaptation of Theophile Gautier's La Morte Amoureuse (1836), a short story neck-deep in magical realism and science fiction. As performed in the opera, it is a love story between alluring Clarimonde and a handsome priest Romualdo, as she tries to escape the clutches of the vampire master dubbed the Maker. Since this is a new work, the all-Cleveland cast of accomplished singers will perform it more like a concert, even though there will be some light staging and costumes. In short, they won't "park and bark" in front of music stands. The performance takes place at 7 p,m. today and tomorrow. Tickets are $28. (Christine Howey)

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