Classic American opera explores contemporary social issues.
By Sarah Snyder | Photos and video by David Andrews
A young woman longing for independence. Immigrants adjusting to life in a new country. A man struggling with the social change happening around him. These are some of the experiences explored in Kurt Weill’s opera “Street Scene,” produced by the School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) and on stage at The Clarice from April 12-20.
Based on a book by Elmer Rice with lyrics by Langston Hughes, “Street Scene” is set in a tenement in a 1920s New York City and portrays life among a diverse group of working-class people who serve as a microcosm of American society. The piece was composed by Weill in the 1940s but is still extremely relevant today as it digs into issues around immigration, racism, social class and domestic violence.
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