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Ensemble Concert Series: Festival of One Act Operas - The Island of Tulipatan

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Please join the School of Music for the Festival of One Act Operas presented by the TCU Opera Studio. All performances were recorded prior to the end of the spring semester.   David Gately, director. 

Opera in English w/subtitles

Music by Jacques Offenbach

New English Dialogue by Jack Helbig

New English Lyrics by Gregg Opelka

Directed by David Gately

Musical Direction by Stephen Carey

Edited by Tyson Deaton

Subtitles by Dr. Corey Trahan

A madcap adventure on the Island of Tulipatan which is situated about 15,000 miles from Texas and takes place about 473 years before the invention of the spittoon. The piece pokes fun at gender norms and what is acceptable behavior by the two sexes. It tells the unlikely tale of a romance between the young maiden, Hermosa and the handsome Prince Alexis.

It seems that Hermosa, born as a boy, was raised as a girl by his very eccentric parents Romboidal and Theodorine. They did so to avoid sending a son away to war sometime in the future. And so Hermosa indeed thinks himself a girl and yet doesn’t seem to take to “girlish” things and can’t understand why.

Meanwhile, “Prince” Alexis was actually born a girl, but is raised as a boy because her mother just couldn’t bring herself to tell her husband Duke Cacatois XXII that she had produced a third daughter for her husband. The Duke, oblivious to the fact that Alexis was born a girl, raises her/him to be a boy and just can’t understand why she/he is so taken with “girlish” things.

Complications and hilarity ensue as each of the young lovers discover that they have been raised as the “wrong” sex. The piece plays with gender expectations, and while the happy ending is what might be expected, it has to be considered ahead of its time for a piece that was originally written in 1868.

Friday, June 4 at 7:00 pm

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