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UrbanArias To Perform ‘Craigslist Opera’ Next Weekend

by Aaron Kraut — July 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm 1,384 4 Comments

Local “contemporary opera” company UrbanArias will put words from Craigslist ads to opera music during a 90-minute program on Aug. 5 at IOTA Club and Cafe in Clarendon (2832 Wilson Blvd).

The performance also includes three “mini-operas” about blind dates and Opera Improv, in which the four UrbanArias singers take audience suggestions to create scenes on the fly.

From the press release:

Craigslistlieder, with music by Gabriel Kahane and text from, well, Craigslist, catapulted the young composer to national prominence several years ago. This is an eight-song set, each of which is an actual, unadulterated ad from Craigslist. Subjects range from the “neurotic and lonely” man looking for a woman who “must have a video game system,” and the crazy woman with an ice cube fetish looking for a roommate, to an advertisement selling “assless chaps.” Kahane’s Mahlerian music is the perfect foil for the hilarious ads.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door.

  • SWM

    I gotta admit, CL ads as opera sounds pretty funny.

  • Dan

    Nothing has beaten The Big Gay Sketch Show’s “Maya Angelou reads M4M Craig’s List Ads”…but this might be a contender :)

  • Zena

    Urban Arias has put on terrific shows in the last two years. I think this should be another great evening….and to those who grumble everything in Clarendon is same ole same ole a option for something new… I urge you to try it! Nothing ventured…nothing gained!

  • Dodge

    I have seen two performances from this group at the Artisphere. They are excellent. I will not miss this.

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