Announcing the 2015-2016 Season


The Fringe Festival, now in its 19th season, is a collaboration between the Schools of Music and Theatre and the Opera Institute.  Its mission is to produce new or rarely performed significant works in the opera and theater repertoire, bringing performers and audiences close together in unique theatrical settings.

The Seven Deadly Sins
Composer: Kurt Weill
Librettist: Bertolt Brecht
Music Director: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Jim Petosa

Friday, October 2, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 3, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 3, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 4, 2:00pm

Lane-Comley Studio 210

In The Seven Deadly Sins, widely considered among Weill’s masterpieces, two immigrant sisters embark on a seven-year odyssey through seven vice-laden cities, as they try to earn money to build a family home in Louisiana.

Sung in English.

Vinkensport or, The Finch Opera
Composer: David T. Little
Librettist: Royce Vavrek
Music Director: Allison Voth
Stage Director: E. Loren Meeker

Friday, October 9, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 10, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 11, 2:00pm

“Vinkensport or, The Finch Opera” plays off of a Belgian folk competition over who owns the most melodious bird in the town. What seems to be a rather simple competition actually sets the stage for a journey into the minds of the competitors and their struggles with deception, loneliness and love.

Sung in English.

Così fan tutte
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: James Marvel

February 25, Thursday at 7:30
February 26, Friday at 7:30
February 27, Saturday at 7:30
February 28, Sunday at 2:00

Boston University Theater, Mainstage

This popular operatic comedy, sung in Italian with supertitles in English, pairs Mozart’s glorious music with Da Ponte’s skillful libretto. Loosely translated as “they all do it”, fidelity is challenged in order that truth and wisdom might be gained, and the comedy of disguises juxtaposed with the power of deceit lead to an unexpected climax.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Tara Faircloth

April 14, Thursday at 7:30
April 15, Friday at 7:30
April 16, Saturday at 7:30
April 17, Sunday at 2:00

Boston University Theater, Mainstage

Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” conjures some of the most beautiful and ethereal music ever set to Shakespeare’s classic tale. The story interweaves the adventures of four young lovers, a roaming comedy troupe, a royal couple and their interactions in an enchanted fairy kingdom.

Sung in English with supertitles.