The Sunday Opera: Gordon Getty Double Feature "Plump Jack" & "The Canterville Ghost"
Gordon Getty is the featured composer on this week’s Sunday Opera (1/21 3:00 p.m.) in two of his works. We’ll begin with “Plump Jack,” an adaptation by the composer of “Henry IV” Parts 1 & 2 and “Henry V” of Shakespeare featuring Lester Lynch as Falstaff as he falls from favor with Prince Hal on the death of the prince’s father. The second opera is based on Oscar Wilde’s first published story, “The Canterville Ghost” about an American family who move into a haunted castle only to drive the poor ghost to despair.
Alexandra Hutton is the charming Virginia, the young lady who helps the ghost, Sir Simon, portrayed by Matthew Trevino find his eternal rest. Through her travels with the ghost, Virginia learns, “what Life is, what Death signifies, and why Love is stronger than both.” We’ll stay in the realm of the spirits after the opera when host Michael Kownacky presents a many haunted by the specter of his lost love in Berlioz’s “Syphonie Fantastique” and Geoffrey Toye’s ballet “The Haunted Ballroom” where a family’s descendants are forced to dance themselves to death under the dead stares of their ancestor’s portraits.