New York Opera Fest 2017: Light Opera of New York (LOONY) To Showcase Offenbach Work

By David Salazar

Light Opera of New York will showcase a rare Offenbach’s work this weekend as part of the New York Opera Fest.

The opera in question, “The Island of Tulipatan,” will be presented on May 19, 2017 with a follow-up performance on the 20th in the matinee slot at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The opera will be directed by Gary Slavin with Tyson Deaton leading the ensemble.

The cast is comprised of Victor Khodadad as Cacatois XXII, Chad Kranak as Romboïd, Tom Mulder as Hermosa, Heather Jones as Théodorine, and Claire Kuttler as Alexis.

Per the company’s website, “The Island of Tulipatan” is “a hilarious one-act comic opera, its boy meets girl with a twist. Wait till you see how convoluted l’amour can get on the remote Island of Tulipatan. It is tuneful, riotously funny with a surprisingly contemporary take on sexuality and love.”

The company, known affectionately as LOONY, was founded in 2006 with the intention of performing staged operettas and operetta concerts. The company has showcased such works as Friml & Stothart’s “Rose Marie,” Victor Herbert’s “Eileen,” “Naughty Marietta,” “Mlle Modiste and The Red Mill,” and Noel Coward’s “Bitter Sweet,” among others.