A Night in Venice
A Lyric Theatre Mainstage Production
In English, fully staged, with orchestra
English translation by Thomas Petiet, Comic Opera Guild

Music:  Johann Strauss II
Libretto:  F. Zell and Richard Genée

The action takes place during one night at Carnival in 18th century Venice.  Premiering in Berlin in 1883, A Night in Venice took the disguises, substitutions and intrigues of 1874's Die Fledermaus to a new level.  The fact that masks and disguises are to be expected at Carnival only makes it easier.

The Duke of Urbino fancies Barbara, the wife of Senator Delacqua.  But she would rather spend time with Enrico, a naval officer and Delacqua’s nephew.  Caramello, the Duke’s barber, wants a promotion to steward, so he arranges to bring Barbara to the Duke's palace.

The Senator tries to spirit Barbara away in a gondola to the Isle of Murano beyond the reach of the Duke.  But Barbara has arranged for Caramello’s sweetheart Annina to take her place so that she can meet Enrico.  Not knowing this, Caramello has arranged to replace the gondolier so that he can bring “Barbara” to the Duke.

And that's just the beginning.  The disguises and intrigues are all eventually resolved and everyone ends up with their proper partner.

A Night in Venice has become one of three of Johann Strauss’s most popular operas, alongside Die Fledermaus and Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron).

Performances at the San José City College Theater
  • Sat, June 23, 2018, 8 pm
  • Sun, June 24, 2018, 2 pm
  • Fri, June 29, 2018, 8 pm
  • Sat, June 30, 2018, 2 pm
  • Sun, July 1, 2018, 2 pm
Producer:  (TBA)
Stage Director:  Michael Morris
Music Director:  Bruce Olstad



A Night in Venice poster