Heaven got a new angel this week. Eileen Brennan, most well known for her turns in Private Benjamin and Clue, passed away on Sunday. Maybe she was poisoned. In all seriousness, I couldn't help myself but dedicate this week's column to a jolly good fellow who has never failed to put a big old smile on my mug. So get out #OnTheTown, grab yourself a bowl of monkey's brains, and try to solve the mystery of who murdered Mr. Boddy!
Speaking of Jolly Good Fellows, Opus Affair founder and host Graham Wright turns 21 (again) this week. Do him a solid and wish him a Happy Birthday!!
CINDERELLA @ BOSTON OPERA COLLABORATIVE
Was it the stepsisters in the ballroom with the wine?
Boston Opera Collaborative partners with Grand Harmonie orchestra this weekend at Dorchester's Strand Theatre to present Rossini's La Cenerentola. A stark departure from the Cinderella that most of us are familiar with, the libretto is taken directly from the classic fairy tale Cendrillon, so there's no Fairy Godmother or glass slippers to be found here. Instead, audiences will meet a Prince's tutor, bracelet, and a score that only took Rossini three weeks to finish (He Handel'd it beautifully).
Cinderella: By Gioachino Rossini; Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti; Based on the fairy tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault; Music direction by Andrew Altenbach; Stage direction by Katherine Carter. At the Strand Theatre; 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester; bostonoperacollaborative.org. Through August 4. @BostonOperaColl
BOSTON LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA WITH BOSTON LYRIC OPERA
Was it Norma in her apartment with the dagger?
This week, Boston Lyric Opera continues its annual collaboration with Landmarks Orchestra to present an evening of opera at the Hatch Shell. Boston Lyric Opera music director David Angus will conduct the orchestra in excerpts from The Magic Flute, Norma, Rigoletto, Götterdämmerung, and more sung by a number of BLO's finest. This evening promises to offer the full spectrum of drama that the genre has to offer, and all for free on a beautiful summer evening outdoor on the Esplanade. What more could you hope for in an evening's entertainment?
Boston Landmarks Orchestra with Boston Lyric Opera: Conducted by David Angus. At the DCR Hatch Shell; landmarksorchestra.org. August 7 only. @LandmarksOrch @BostLyricOpera