June 14, 2012 —
NARROWSBURG, NY — While opera has long been considered an art form considered by many to be “an acquired taste,” Delaware Valley Opera Company’s (DVO) artistic director Carol Castel is determined to dispel that myth once and for all. To that end, Castel and Co. have designed the 2012 season as a pastiche, inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, whose prolific body of work has been the catalyst for musical interpretation, enduring the test of time since his birth in 1564. The 2012 season, “Shakespeare Sings,” will include a traditional opera (Rossini’s “Otello”), Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate” and Otto Nicolai’s operetta, “The Merry Wives of Windsor.”
The first production on the bill will be “Otello,” opening on Friday, June 15. It is a story often thought to be about race— but Castel thinks that’s a misconception. “The racial thing is a metaphor,” she explained. “The story is about someone who is different and that theme is timeless and universal. It’s really an allegory. Everyone aspires to be ‘different—it’s an aspect of the human condition” she said.
A 1948 Tony-Award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Porter, “Kiss Me Kate” involves the production of a musical version of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” The third offering, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” is a comic operetta and hence shorter and lighter than a traditional opera, falling somewhere between the other two. With such a diverse program, the DVO will undoubtedly live up to it’s commitment to offer up “something for everyone.”