'Tiefland' will be staged in WashingtonThe Washington's...


March 19, 1995|By Stephen Wigler

'Tiefland' will be staged in Washington

The Washington's Opera's production of Eugen d'Albert's "Tiefland" has to be counted among the nation's major operatic events this season. This tale of lust and power -- perhaps the only successful example in German opera of what was called "verismo" in Italian opera -- created a sensation at the beginning of the century. It was produced everywhere -- once even opening the Met's season -- and was a staple of the repertory for years. "Tiefland" now seems confined to Germany, and the Washington Opera's production, which will be conducted by Heinz Fricke, is the first in at least 80 years. It will be performed Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center's opera house. It will also be performed at 2 p.m. March 26; at 8 p.m. March 28 and March 31; at 7 p.m. April 3 and April 8. Tickets are $29-$150.

L For more information, call (202) 416-7800 or (800) 87-OPERA. "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens Tuesday at Washington's National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., with Chita Rivera re-creating the title role, which won her a 1993 Tony Award. Based on Manuel Puig's novel about a homosexual window dresser who shares a Latin American prison cell with a Marxist revolutionary, the musical has a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb ("Cabaret," "Chicago") and a book by Terrence McNally ("Lips Together, Teeth Apart," "Love! Valour! Compassion!"). Direction is by Harold Prince.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 9. Tickets are $30-$60. For more information, call (202) 628-6161.


J. Wynn Rousuck Olney Theatre, 2001 Route 108, Olney, begins its expanded 1995 season Tuesday with David Henry Hwang's "M. Butterfly." As brilliantly constructed and mysterious as a Chinese puzzle box, this 1988 Tony Award-winning play chronicles the love affair between a French diplomat and a Chinese opera singer. Olney's production is produced in cooperation with Columbia's Rep Stage Company and Howard Community College and directed by Jim Petosa. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays and 2 p.m. April 6, through April 23. Tickets are $23-$28.

Here's the rest of the Olney schedule: "When We Are Married" (May 2-June 4), "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" (June 13-July 16), "A Streetcar Named Desire" (Sept. 5-Oct. 8), "The Passion of Dracula" (Oct. 17-Nov. 19) and "The Little Prince" (Nov. 28-Dec. 31). For more information, call (301) 924-3400.


J. Wynn Rousuck

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