Rialto Theater – 310 S 9th St, Tacoma, WA 98402
Tickets: $35, $45, $60, $85
Piquillo and La Périchole, two street singers, arrive in Lima, Peru on the Viceroy’s birthday, which is being celebrated on his own orders. Piquillo’s jealousy does not permit La Périchole to accept pay from other men so the two are close to starvation. The Viceroy has seen La Périchole and is smitten by her. This is fun for the entire family! Nobody dies!
“La Perichole is certainly the most outrageous of Offenbach’s famous comic Operas… The libretto may seem dated and campy, but in its time La Perichole was such a hit with Parisians that it was immediately burlesqued by others. What makes it so endearing and enduring, however, is its scintillating score…”
~ Chicago Reader
The Viceroy invites La Périchole to his palace. But by law, no unmarried woman may enter the royal household, so a husband must be found for his new favorite. Conveniently, Piquillo, made drunk by the Viceroy’s servants, is pressed into service. Neither he nor the tipsy bride recognize each other. He is furious when he discovers the deception and is imprisoned by the Viceroy. La Périchole tricks the Viceroy; the pair escape with the aid of a long incarcerated political prisoner. When the Viceroy discovers the lovers true devotion, he forgives them and all ends well.
|La Périchole||Caitlin McKechney*|
|Don Andrés, Viceroy of Peru||Igor Vieira|
|Don Miguel||Jonathan Hill*|
|Don Pedro||Michael Heitman*|
|Marquis de Sambucco||Michael Drumheller|
|Marquis de Tarapote||TBA|
|Stage Director||Philip Kraus|
|Chorus Master||Denes Van Parys|
* Tacoma Opera Debut