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Rare Gershwin opera is half of downtown double bill

By Mary Kunz Goldman

Buffalo Opera Unlimited has an unusual double bill planned for May 16 and 18 at the 710 Main Theatre downtown. That is the swanky little theater by Shea's Performing Arts Center.

The company is performing a little-known jazz opera by George Gershwin called "Blue Monday." I found this little clip of the one-act opera on YouTube -- a production from Italy, the video info suggests.

The other opera on Buffalo Opera Unlimited's bill is the premiere of "The Fall of Stag Lee" by Darryl Glenn Nettles.

Led by Tim Kennedy, Buffalo Opera Unlimited has done a fine job in the past with off-the-beaten-track American music. One enjoyable concert centered on the music of William Grant Still. It is great that they are forging forward with this new adventure.

Performances are 8 p.m. Fri., May 16 and 2:30 p.m. Sun., May 18. Tickets are $30 and more details are on the 710 Main theater's website.

 

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