'The Winter's Tale' a warm and wonderful production

There are a number of labels you could use to describe Quantum Theatre's production of “The Winter's Tale” — an anniversary celebration, a collaboration of enormous complexity, an extraordinary leap of faith.

You also could distill it down to a single adjective: wondrous.

As you might expect from Quantum Theatre, the production that's playing through Oct. 3 goes beyond a traditional staging of Shakespeare's tragedy.

Production, opera star in 'Winter's Tale'

During the intermission of “The Winter’s Tale,” two friends told me they were surprised: They hadn’t expected an opera.

And why should they? Quantum Theatre is staging the production, in collaboration with period instrument group Chatham Baroque and dance company Attack Theatre. In a Post-Gazette article previewing the performance, Quantum head Karla Boos said she preferred the term “ultimate piece of theater” to opera.

Chatham Baroque succeeds with Monteverdi program

"Chatham Baroque’s rendition is an unusual and engaging theatrical experience, in large part due to the expressive, highly inflected singing of guest tenor Aaron Sheehan as Testo;... and colorful, precise playing by Chatham Baroque’s expert instrumentalists."

“The Battle of Tancredi and Clorinda,” the central work on Chatham Baroque’s all-Monteverdi concert in the Elsie Hillman Auditorium at the Hill House’s Kaufmann Center in the Hill District this weekend, is a landmark in music history.

Quick Hits: New look on Pittsburgh's classical music scene

In a month typically saturated with holiday-themed concerts, Chatham Baroque offered an alternative: “Fête Parisienne,” a French-inspired program performed the weekend before Christmas. I caught the second of the ensemble’s three performances, at Synod Hall in Oakland; the others took place at St. James Parish in Sewickley and Campbell Memorial Chapel at Chatham University.


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