Rare 'Regina'

CLASSICAL MUSIC

August 01, 1996|By Stephen Wigler

Though rarely produced, Marc Blitzstein's "Regina" (1949) is considered one of the most significant musical dramatic works of the last 50 years. Blitzstein's pioneering use of American vernacular speech settings in 1949 enormously influenced the Broadway musicals of his friends Leonard Bernstein, Frank Loesser and Stephen Sondheim.

Baltimoreans will get a chance to hear "Regina" -- a setting of Lillian Hellman's savage play of the same name -- when the Baltimore Opera Company presents the work tonight at 8, Saturday at 8: 30 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills. This production, which will be directed by John Lehmeyer and star soprano Susan Marie Pierson, is the BOC's first venture with the Gordon Center, and it is a collaboration that presages well for the future of opera in Baltimore's summers.

Further information and tickets -- priced at $10 (for children), $20 and $28 -- are available by calling the BOC box office at (410) 727-6000. The Gordon Center is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills.

Pub Date: 8/01/96

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