The Conspirators and The Winter Journey
“Schubert and War” is the theme of this year’s Hofstra Opera Theater presented by the Department of Music. The Conspirators (Die Verschworenen) and selections from The Winter Journey (Die Winterreise) will be performed at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, January 30-February 1, featuring artistic direction by Isabel Milenski and musical direction by Adam Glaser. This performance will be sung in German with English subtitles.
How can one woman end a war? Schubert’s one-act opera, The Conspirators, asks this very question. Composed in 1802, the opera is based on the Greek playwright Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata (first performed in 411 BC, the 20th year of the Pelopponesian war). In order to end the war and all future wars, our heroine persuades the city’s women to withhold sexual acts from their husbands. What better answer to battle man’s drive for war than another powerful drive: sex!
The second half of the evening continues with selections from Schubert’s The Winter Journey. Franzpeterschubert.com describes these songs as a complex tapestry of images from his tragic feelings of desperation. Among these images are those of ice, snow, death, tears, anguish and journeying.
Show times are Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, February 1, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for senior citizens and matriculated non-Hofstra students. Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For tickets and more information call the Hofstra Box Office at (516) 463-6644, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at for purchase at the door (by cash or check only), starting 90 minutes prior to the start of each performance.