Turning Opera Upside Down

Thieves, informers, prostitutes, and highwaymen. Performing Arts students expose the dark side of society in The Beggar’s Opera through February 20.

On February 16-20, the Performing Arts department hits the stage with John Gay’s 18th century musical, The Beggar’s Opera. A tale about Captain Macheath, a shameless highway robber with “wives” all over town, who messes with the wrong girls and is ultimately jailed and sentenced to death. While waiting to be hanged, he’s entertained by a musical beggar, who has written an opera of which the captain is the hero.

Performances will be held at the Schaeberle Studio Theater at 41 Park Row, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00  p.m., and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. For more information or ticket reservations, email theater@pace.edu or call (212) 346-1954.

Next up in March, students take on The Who’s 1969 double album rock opera Tommy in the appropriately titled The Who’s Tommy.