The Pleasures (and Pitfalls) of Love

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 03:30 PM until 04:30 PM
Brooklyn Music School , Theater

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The Pleasures (and Pitfalls) of Love
Operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Featuring Bastien und Bastienne & scenes from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s charming first opera Bastien und Bastienne tells a tale of two divided lovers who are trying to reconcile, while being helped (or perhaps hoodwinked) by a wandering magician. Composed by Mozart when he was only 12 years old, the story depicts the emotional struggles of the inexperienced young lovers, while the music of this classical gem is characterized by the young composer's open and fresh musical language.

Sharing the program with this short opera will be fully staged scenes from Mozart’s later, more complex masterpieces: Don Giovanni, a cautionary tale about a dissolute, predatory nobleman, Le Nozze di Figaro, a deeply human comedy about marriage and (in)fidelity, and The Magic Flute, a fairy tale set in an enchanted, imaginary land.

The Pleasures (and Pitfalls) of Love will be directed by Judith Barnes, conducted by Peter Szep, accompanied by the Brooklyn Music School’s chamber ensemble, and will showcase elegant period costumes by Deborah Wright Houston.

"The course of true love never did run smooth" --Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

About the Directors:

Judith Barnes has been recognized as a stage director of “matchless and unending imagination” (ConcertoNet), a singer “vocally and dramatically present in every moment” (Parterre), and a pioneering producer, called “consistently innovative” by TimeOut NY. Noted as a “soprano-impresario” by The New Yorker, she is the founder and artistic director of Vertical Player Repertory, an indie opera company in Brooklyn, New York, that “has developed a following for intense performances of unusual works” (The New York Times).


Peter Szep is a founder of the New York Opera Alliance, where he is currently the Chair of the New York Opera Fest ( Peter is also the founding host of the Indie Opera Podcast ( He has dedicated much of his conducting career to championing new works, including the premier of Harold Farberman’s Diamond Street at the Hudson Opera House, the New England premier of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, and Ben Yarmolinsky's The Constitution, A Secular Oratorio and Yoav Gal's The Dwarf at Vertical Player Repertory, where he also conducted Il Tabarro, A View from the Bridge, Les contes d'Hoffmann, and Milhaud's Medée. Most recently he toured Maine in the cabaret The Millay Sisters.