The Good Soldier Schweik



Decades before M*A*S*H and Catch 22, there was The Good Soldier Schweik, Jaroslav Hasek's 1923 witty military satire that follows the misadventures of Schweik as he stumbles through World War I. Schweik is an Everyman attempting to do the "right" thing while turning the world around him into chaos. Is he a fool or a very wise observer of the human condition? About Robert Kurka's 1956 opera, librettist Lewis Allan wrote, " I am sure that Schweik represented to Bob [Kurka] the indestructibility of Man, the long-tried, abused, victimized, patient common man who somehow always manages to survive the brutal stupidities of his rulers, rebuild his world, and laugh." Kurka's punchy score is a mixture of American musical and brass band riffs, jazz notes, and Czech folk tunes with overtones of Kurt Weill. Tenor Matthew DiBattista, who will sing the demanding role of Schweik, has been described as "brilliant" by Opera News. He has performed on national and international opera and concert stages with such conductors as James Conlon, Seiji Ozawa, Keith Lockhart, and Robert Shaw. The opera will be staged by Ken Roht and conducted by Andreas Mitisek. Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 8:00pm Center Theater, LB Performing Arts Center 300 E. Ocean Boulevard Long Beach, CA 90802 Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 4:00pm Barnum Hall 601 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

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