Marble City Opera presents: “The Stronger” by Hugo Weisgall on May 18-19, 2017 at 8pm at Holly’s Gourmet Market, 5107 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Directed by Kathryn Frady Marvel; accompanied by Brandon Coffer, the opera stars Julia Metry as Estelle and Julia Metry and Denisha Miller as Lisa.
Following on the heels of an extremely successful run of the larger and more widely performed “La Traviata”, MCO returns to its chamber opera roots with a production of “The Stronger” by Hugo Weisgall. In this operatic adaptation of August Strindberg’s thought provoking one act, two actresses (Estelle and Lisa) meet by chance in a quiet uptown bar. It is revealed that the two women, once close friends, are now apparent romantic rivals thanks to the alleged philandering of Estelle’s husband Harold. Estelle jumps at the opportunity to vent the full fury of her frustrations at the woman whom she suspects to be her husband’s mistress and launches into an emotional tirade. Lisa however, stalwart and somewhat coy, weathers the onslaught and remains completely silent. Exerting her own (very) quiet power by refusing to either confirm or deny the many accusations being hurled her way. This subtle struggle for dominance between the two is the point of the entire work, and in Weisgall’s score the tension and raw emotion are masterfully woven together to form something intimate and beautiful. Though Estelle declares herself the victor by the piece’s end, the declaration rings hollow and the audience is left to decide for themselves which of the women is actually “the stronger.”
Tickets are $20 General Admission, and may be purchased either at the door or online.
There will be a special dinner menu available for the occasion and doors will open at 6:30pm for ticket holders to allow them a chance to partake before the show. Cost for the dinner is extra; dinner is not included in the ticket price.
Venue link: www.HollysEventfulDining.com
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