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by Franziska Fenger, staff writer


Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for students, seniors, and military. For more information, e-mail or call 455-0385.

If you want to watch ballet throughout the year, you should know about the Honolulu Dance Theatre, which performs at the Paliku Theatre. Founded in 1993, its productions often involve more than 60 dancers. You can watch both classical ballets and contemporary works. Past highlights were Scrooge!, King Kalakaua’s Nutcracker, Puss ‘n Boots, Swan Lake, Peter and the Wolf, and Frankenstein. In December, the Honolulu Dance Theatre will perform The Hawaiian Nutcracker Ballet again (check box). For more information about the Honolulu Dance Theatre call 528-0506.

O‘ahu, of course, also has the right stuff for opera lovers. The Hawai‘i Opera Theatre had its first season in 1960 with Madame Butterfly in the McKinley High School Auditorium. At first it was a subsidiary of the Honolulu Symphony. In 1980, the theatre became independent. From then on they showed popular operas such as La Bohème and Carmen.

Next year another three great Italian operas will be performed. The first one, Rigoletto, Verdi’s first, tells the sad tragedy of a hunchback clown. Il Trittico, by Puccini, is a collection of three one-act operas meant to be performed together – Il Tabarro (The Cloak), Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica), and Gianni Schicchi. They are united by the focus of their plots of love and death. The final opera, Tosca, also by Puccini, is about a sensual beauty caught between her love for a political prisoner and the brutal police chief who bargains for her body.

All of these performances are at Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Avenue. For more information call 527-5400 or 591-2211


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