Opera House to present the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Taming of the Shrew

Submitted photo The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present The Taming of the Shrew on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present one of the world’s greatest ballet companies — the Bolshoi Ballet — performing The Taming of the Shrew on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. It will be presented in high definition, captured live via satellite from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

According to London’s Telegraph, “the Bolshoi is at the top of its game” in acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s effervescent production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Set to a tapestry of Shostakovich’s most colorful music, Shakespeare’s famously chauvinistic comedy is transformed into a battle of wits between two equally feisty individuals: stormy individualist Katharina and smug bad boy Petruchio.

With their signature bravura, the Bolshoi’s incomparable dancers bring to hilarious life all of the fawning, preening, and hypocrisy that well-born Kate finds so tiresome — and that ultimately makes the rough-edged outsider Petruchio seem so appealing to her.

Principals Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantrativ clash, challenge and eventually give themselves to one another. The ballet runs two hours, five minutes.

Individual tickets to The Taming of the Shrew are $15, ($10 students). A special Live in HD Series flexible subscription of eight tickets that can be used however you want — one at a time to eight different HD Series events, all at once for eight people, or anything in between – is $116. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

This presentation is made possible with support from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County and the Arts Services Initiative’s Give for Greatness Program.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.