Opera on the Edge to Return for 2013-14 Season with Free Performances of THE MERRY WIDOW

Opera on the Edge to Return for 2013-14 Season with Free Performances of THE MERRY WIDOW

After an at-capacity run in the 2012-13 season, Opera Columbus will continue its successful, innovative collaboration with Shadowbox Live, Opera on The Edge, by presenting an abridged, English-language adaptation of Lehár's classic operetta, The Merry Widow. This lighthearted, romantic story and its engaging characters will be transported into a modern-day setting and transformed into an immersive, interactive, and highly accessible experience. Cast with local performers, The Merry Widow is supported by a grant from PNC Arts Alive, a multi-year initiative to support visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways.

"The PNC Foundation has a long history of providing grants to organizations that strengthen and enrich the lives of our communities," said Michael Gonsiorowski, PNC regional president for central Ohio. "We understand that a rich arts community is a significant driver of our economic success, providing employment, boosting tourism and making the region attractive for businesses, residents, and visitors."

Opera Columbus and Shadowbox Live present The Merry Widow at Shadowbox Live's Backstage Bistro (503 S. Front St.) October 26-November 17 and January 11-February 2, Saturdays and Sundays only. Saturday performances are at 4pm, and Sunday performances are at 5pm.

Admission is free, but patrons are encouraged to make advance reservations by calling Shadowbox at 614.416.7625. Patrons without reservations will also be seated as capacity allows. Any reservations not claimed by 4:45pm will be released to walk-up patrons. A limited number of premium seats are also available for $10 each with a reservation.

This innovative collaboration between Opera Columbus and Shadowbox Live is designed to provide an introduction to opera for those who have no experience with the art form or who may not be inclined to attend a traditional opera performance in a theatre.

For more information, visit www.OperaColumbus.org.