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Fairy tales and family fun with the Brooklyn Repertory Opera!

This Holiday season, join the Brooklyn Repertory Opera as they present 3 short works, Prokoviev’s “Peter and the Wolf”, Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Bizet’s “L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1”,  conducted by Christopher Fecteau.  There are two performances, December 20- 21st at 4 PM at the Brooklyn Lyceum Theatre in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

“Peter and the Wolf” is aimed at children and adults who are young at heart. The story is one that is easy to follow and keeps the viewers in anticipation until a surprise ending. There are several musical themes throughout that identify the characters in the performance.  There are 9 musical characters, including Violin (Peter), Flute (the Bird), Oboe (the Duck), Clarinet (the Cat), French Horn (the Wolf), Bassoon (the Grandfather), and Kettle Drum (the Hunters). The narration will be done by Brooklyn Repertory’s own Jay Gould and Francis Liska. 

Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll", was written as a Christmas morning serenade for the composer's wife just after the birth of their son in 1870.  In tandem, Wagner was also working on his opera of the same title so a lot of his themes overlapped with the serenade, for example a horn-call from Siegfried, and the flute and clarinet imitate a bird in the forest scene.  

Bizet’s "L’Arlesinne" suite opens with a strong, energetic theme, which is based on the Christmas carol "March of the Kings", played by the entire orchestra. Afterwards, the theme is repeated by various sections. After reaching a climax, the theme fades away. It is followed by the theme associated with L'Innocent (the brother of Frédéri, the hero). The Prélude concludes with the theme associated with Frédéri himself. The second movement, resembles a minuet, while the third is more emotional and muted. The last movement, Carillon, features a repeating Bell-tone pattern on the Horns, mimicking a peal of church bells.

     Tickets for Peter and the Wolf are $10 and can be purchased on-line or at the door.  Group rates are also available.  Brooklyn Lyceum is located at 227 4th Ave, Brooklyn, New York (located on the corner of Union and 4th avenue).  It is accessible to the R Subway at the Union Street stop.  For reservations or more information, call (866) 469-2687 or visit