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Essential Opera presents a new short opera film, Etiquette, a delicious morsel of the Gilded Age washed down with a swig of the Roaring Twenties.

It’s New Year’s Eve, 1927. Journalist and poet Dorothy Parker pours herself a generous drink in her Art Deco-styled apartment. She’s up against a brutal deadline: write a review of socialite Emily Post’s 684-page tome on Etiquette by morning. The audience is swept up by Dorothy’s Roaring Twenties energy as she disregards Etiquette in favour of a night of partying.

A few weeks later, Emily sits down to tea in the elegant home of trailblazing politician Nancy Astor. Mrs. Astor challenges Emily to defend her idealistic views on the human condition. Despite the tension between them, the two women realize they share a history of disappointments and betrayals.

Flashback to Dorothy’s apartment. The harsh light of day shines on a dishevelled Dorothy and her typewriter. She attacks her review with a fresh burst of scathing wit and exuberant music.

Essential Opera’s film version of Etiquette, an opera by Monica Pearce, is directed by Tom Belding and stars Maureen Batt as Dorothy, Erin Bardua as Emily, and Lucy Hayes-Davis as Nancy. Music direction by Tara Scott, piano, with Brad Reid, clarinet.

The première is Tuesday, March 26 @ 8 pm AT, followed by a live chat. On-demand streaming will be available from the broadcast première until April 3.


March 26, 2024 All Day(GMT-03:00)



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