American playwright Thornton Wilder (who wrote Our Town) adapted his own play for German composer Paul Hindemith’s 1963 English-language chamber opera. A series of Christmas dinners are celebrated by one family over a period of ninety years, fused into a single, long meal. Hindemith’s expressive music reveals what Wilder called the “mill of time”: a simultaneous view of the past, present, and future, allowing us to choose whether to perceive such overlap as misfortune, or consolation, or both at once. Audiences will enjoy Parlor Songs performed by the cast before the main opera.
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