Love's Fool

On the surface, Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1928 one-act The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden might look like a comedy—an elderly husband, a scheming younger wife, love letters and disguises. But the ending stirs in a little Wagner: death and redemption. It’s naturally an irresistible combination for opera composers, which led Seattle’s Kam Morrill to adapt it into Love’s Fool (or The Cuckold’s Duel). A first draft was premiered 20 years ago at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute; as a student of Ned Rorem there, Morrill absorbed his teacher’s predilection for the long line and his skill with lyrical vocal writing. The unveiling of this reworking, with a cast of six and a micro-orchestra of cello and piano, is sponsored by the Ladies Musical Club. (Also at University House Wallingford, 4400 Stone Way N., 7:30 p.m. Sun.) GAVIN BORCHERT

Sat., Oct. 17, 2 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2009

 
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