Washington Square: a Chamber Opera

Musicals & Operas · thomas barrett blakeley · Ages 0+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by anonymous

April 08, 2024
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What I liked

Unique Adaptation: The chamber opera format provides a fresh and innovative approach to Henry James’ classic novel, offering a new perspective on the timeless story.
Talented Composer: With a score by Felix Jarrar, “WASHINGTON SQUARE” benefits from an evocative and emotionally resonant musical backdrop that enhances the narrative’s depth and complexity.
Compelling Libretto: Thomas Barrett Blakeley’s libretto effectively captures the essence of James’ novel, skillfully navigating the intricate relationships and psychological nuances of the characters.
World Premiere: Visit poster’s website that originally produced as a podcast for Apple Podcasts, the Hollywood Fringe serves as the world premiere stage for “WASHINGTON SQUARE,” providing audiences with the opportunity to experience the opera in a live theatrical setting.

What I didn't like

Limited Runtime: With a runtime of 75 minutes, “WASHINGTON SQUARE” may feel somewhat condensed, potentially limiting the depth of character development and thematic exploration.
Mask Requirement: While masks are necessary for all ticketholders of “WASHINGTON SQUARE,” regardless of vaccination status, some audience members may find this requirement inconvenient or restrictive.

My overall impression

WASHINGTON SQUARE: A CHAMBER OPERA” presents a captivating adaptation of Henry James’ novel, offering audiences a glimpse into the complex dynamics of love, wealth, and familial expectations.
Overall, “WASHINGTON SQUARE: A CHAMBER OPERA” offers a captivating and musically rich interpretation of Henry James’ novel, with its unique format and talented creative team contributing to a memorable theatrical experience.

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