Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Doctor in Spite of Himself

Michael Monroe, music faculty, writes: “So perhaps you’d like to know what this opera is about. Here’s a brief synopsis, with links to the tunes that have already been featured in karaoke.
The Doctor in Spite of Himself fits squarely in the French comic opera tradition that was mastered by Offenbach and that helped inspire the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Although Italian comic operas are generally sung throughout, the French, German, and English traditions favor spoken dialogues. In this case, all of the spoken dialogues come directly from Molière’s play. The lyrics for all the musical numbers were written by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, who also served as librettists for Faust, Roméo et Juliette, and most of Gounod’s other operas. Our production will be performed in English.

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