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When: Mon., March 19 2018

The McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C., is the setting for Fellow Travelers, a groundbreaking 2016 opera that puts a gay romance in the foreground. Based on Thomas Mallon’s 2007 novel of the same title, it’s the story of a fresh-from-college intern (tenor Jonas Hacker) whose chance meeting with a charismatic serial seducer (baritone Joseph Lattanzi) lands him a job and develops into a forbidden first love in a culture where survival depends on duplicity. To the credit of librettist Greg Pierce, composer Gregory Spears, and director Kevin Newbury, the malice of that environment is palpable. Spears has incorporated the theme of duplicity in the music, layering medieval song patterns over modern minimalism. Sets are spare but effective; the cast is strong all-around. Daniela Candillari conducts the 16-piece orchestra. —Deanna Isaacs

Price: $29-$75

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