An American Musical by Stephen Sondheim
American baritone Shea Owens' 2015-16 season includes his European debut as Colonel Ricci in Sondheim's "Passion" with Natalie Dessay at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
The fifth Stephen Sondheim musical to be presented at Châtelet, this work is taken from a book by a 19th century Italian writer telling “the story of a man who falls in love with an ugly woman, despite her ugliness, which he cannot bear” (Umberto Eco). Struck by the film Passion of Love that Ettore Scola had adapted, Sondheim looked for a balance between “the familiar theatricality of a musical and the extravagant flamboyance of an opera,” thus creating a work which turns out to be a lyrical jewel.
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