My incredibly talented wife, Kathryn, was recently in a performance of the modern opera, Too Many Sopranos, by Edwin Penhorwood. Produced by the Milwaukee Opera Theatre, this hilarious opera tells the story of four sopranos who are ushered up to the heavenly gates, where St. Peter informs them that there is one opening in the heavenly chorus, because too many basses and tenors have been sent to hell. The only way they can get in is to A) Audition; B) Sing alto; or C) Go to hell and do a selfless act in order to save some of the men.
The opera is a riot. It basically plays on every cliche and choir joke you’ve ever heard in your life, and a lot of them that are new. My wife played Madame Pompous, the Wagnerian soprano. I laughed. I cried. I saw it twice.
Hopefully they will be performing it again in the near future. If they do, I will be sure to let you know!