Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The old maid and the thief” in Denmark


The Royal Danish Theater Presents:



“The devil couldn’t do what a woman can: make a thief out of an honest man.”

So writes composer Gian Carlo Menotti in the libretto of his The Old Maid and the Thief, a twisted tale of morals and evil womanly wiles. Menotti’s 1939 comic radio opera in 14 scenes can now for the first time be experienced at the Royal Danish Theatre and as part of the Copenhagen Opera Festival and the Aarhus Festival.

Old maid Miss Todd lives in a small town with her housemaid Laetitia, who is wary of becoming a spinster like her employer. But one day Bob the vagabond comes by, and the women – who are desperate for male company – invite him inside and spoil him with their attentions. But Bob is not what he appears to be, and soon all three are embroiled in a web of lies and dubious decisions.

Young director Rasmus Ask, artistic director of Odense’s Momentum Theatre, stages this production of The Old Maid and the Thief in a universe inspired by doctor-nurse romance novels and Desperate Housewives. Thomas Storm sings the role of Bob, whose presence unleashes an avalanche of musty emotions and longings in the two ladies of the house and their busybody neighbour, Miss Pinkerton. The three testosterone-craving women are played by Elisabeth Halling, Sofie Elkjær Jensen and Sine Bundgaard.

The Old Maid and the Thief is performed in English (there are no supertitles for this performance).

The Old Maid and the Thief is a joint production with the Copenhagen Opera Festival. The Danish Research Foundation is the principal sponsor of the Royal Danish Opera.

Stage: Operaen Takkelloftet
Title: The Old Maid and the Thief
Artform: Opera
Performance period: 06. Dec. – 15. Dec. 2013
Duration: 65 minutes. No interval.
Price: 200kr
Dates: 06/12, 07/12, 14/12, 15/12

Stage direction: Rasmus Ask | Set and costume design: Nathalie Mellbye | Musical direction: Leif Greibe.


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