Buy tickets now for the Chicago premiere of Carl Nielsen’s Maskarade!

Vittum Theater Box Office: 773-342-4141
Parking is available for performances in the Polish Roman Catholic Union parking lot, 984 N Milwaukee Ave.

Buzz for Maskarade:

“Genuinely funny…Much warmth and humor…A considerable feat!” – Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
“Absolutely delightful! We loved it!! What a worthy group and cause!” – Peter Van De Graaff, WFMT
“This…is the best of Chicago, and its the best of serious independent artists. Let’s do an opera… that’s never been done, that should be done, and should be known, and that’s a lot of fun, and that’s going to introduce people to a side of a composer they have not seen before.” – Andrew Patner, WFMT


[color]Denmark’s funny, fabulous national opera –
staged for the first time in Chicago![/color]

Before winter flies away, mark your calendars for this do-not-miss cultural landmark! 

Whether you are interested in opera, Scandinavia, or just a good date night, this show is for you.  Opera can be a scary word, with zaftig Viking women screeching high notes.  This piece is different, a fantastic introduction to opera for anyone who likes music or theater. Maskarade brims with lively characters, witty dialogue, fun plot twists, and gorgeous music.  The passion of the polished young professionals leaps off the stage and engages the audience.  With the great instrumentalists of Lakeview Orchestra, the lovely space at the Vittum Theater, and the pitch-perfect sets and costumes, VOX 3 Collective’s production makes for a wonderful winter night out this January – for people from all walks of life!

Nielsen’s opera Maskarade is based on the 1724 comedy by Ludvig Holberg. Known as the Danish national opera, the light-hearted comedy centers on the titular masked ball, where rigid societal constraints are abandoned for the Enlightenment ideals of liberty and equality.  The story revolves around Leander and Leonora, two young lovers who meet fortuitously and exchange rings. When Leander tells his valet of his newfound love, complications arise due to arranged marriages and meddling fathers. Though revelry at the night’s masquerade has been forbidden, naturally all slink off to enjoy dancing and delights.  In the end, all is revealed to everyone’s mutual satisfaction. The final scene of the opera shows a bittersweet recognition of human mortality, and the importance of finding happiness to brighten it.   As the servant Henrik (a forebear of Beaumarchais’ Figaro) notes, the masquerade offers a sense of joie de vivre in a land where life is often cold and gloomy.

The opera will be performed in Danish with full set, direction, and costumes, in partnership with the Lakeview Orchestra, conducted by Gregory Hughes. The production is co-directed by Sally Eames and Brandon Hayes, with stage management by Lee Strausberg.  The design team includes choreography by Craig Miller, costumes by Erin Gallagher, scenery by Erica Burger, and lighting by Jake Bray.  Performances will take place at 7:30pm on January 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, & 25, 2014 at the Vittum Theater, 1012 N Noble.  The performance runs approximately 150 minutes. Advance tickets may be purchased online here, or call the Vittum Theater box office at 773-342-4141.


Nielsen's Maskarade


Jeronimus: Zachary Elmassian
Magdelone: Kathryn Wills
Leander: Nicholas Pulikowski
Henrik: Michael Orlinsky
Leonard: Paul W. Thompson
Leonora: Katy Compton
Pernille: Alison Wahl
Arv: Brian Hoffman

Mine: Malia Ropp
Line: Jennifer Schuler
Dorthe: Megan Cook
The Watchman: Chungers Kim
The Tutor: Ian Hosack
The Doorman: Peter Ruger
The Mask Vendor: Jennifer Thompson
The Flower Seller: Meghan Guse
The Dance Master/Mars: Gabriel Di Gennaro
The Ballerina/Venus: Gretchen Adams
Master of the Masquerade: Brian von Rueden

Students, Officers, Townspeople:
Ronald Fox, Daniel Douglas, Daniel Grambow, Cat Hall, Mallory Harding, Leslie Hill, Catie Huggins, Joachim Luis, Joshua Poucher, Elizabeth Rudolph, April Salerno, Zachary Vanderburg




In this country,
where it is dark eleven months of the year,
and we splash about in slush and water,

we would probably die of rot and mildew
if we did not, like toads in the pond,

leap into the air once in a while
and catch the sun on our skin.

by bathing in the cascade
of dance and song and light and fire
called Masquerade.