On Saturday afternoon, Theater 2020 presented Ein Heldenleben (“A Hero’s Life”), a repertory of tenor arias, mostly from the German opera tradition, that call for great vocal range and dynamism. Marc Deaton, accompanied by Michael Fennelley on piano (photo) performed arias by Handel, Mozart, Weber, Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Korngold. Deaton’s voice was more than up to the challenges of this material–of the Strauss, in my view the most riveting of the performances, it was said that the composer must have hated tenors to have written such a difficult piece–and Fennelley’s piano was on point. Fennelley also did a superb solo rendition of the Liebestod from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.
On Saturday, March 30, Theater 2020 will present a free “hearthside reading” of Oscar Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest in the first floor theater room of the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Heights Branch (enjoy it while it lasts), 280 Cadman Plaza West, starting at 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 1:00).