In the heart of 1940s Texas, a wealthy couple want to “toughen up” a nephew visiting from New York. Instead, a visit to the seedy Casablanca Hotel illuminates secrets and ignites jealousies.
Opening March 10 at Willamette, "The Hotel Casablanca" is a two-act opera by American composer Thomas Pasatieri. Sung in English, it relates a comic tale of love and mistaken identity.
“This fast-paced and funny opera is perfect for people who have never seen an opera before,” says director Allison Swensen-Mitchell. “The audience will see a dynamic cast, lively staging, dancing and a stunning set.”
Loosely based on “A Flea in her Ear” by Gorges Feydeau, the opera follows the antics of Tom and Callulah Carter. The couple own the Double T Ranch, and their interactions with hotel guests result in a series of misunderstandings and betrayals.
For music director Hector Agüero, the opera is enhanced by the music, which he describes as a “perfect balance of wit, charm, beauty and passion.”
“Although this particular work is a comedy, there are some wonderful moments where the music conveys anticipation, love, passion and even anger,” he says.
The opera debuted in 2007 in San Francisco.
“The Hotel Casablanca” is showing in Smith Auditorium at Willamette University March 10-13, Thursday through Sunday. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m., and the matinee begins at 3 p.m. March 13.
Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors 65 years and older, and $5 for students with I.D. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or by calling the WU Theatre Box Office at 503-370-6221 or the WU Department of Music at 503-370-6255. They are also available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and at www.boxofficetickets.com.