When: Fri., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 10, 3 p.m. 2019
Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance hinges on the finest splitting of a contractual hair: The orphaned Frederic must remain with the pirate crew that fostered him until his 21st birthday. As he was born on February 29, he's stuck with the pirates until he's 84. It's a raw deal for Frederic, who had a brief taste of freedom before the legalese loophole was discovered by the Pirate King. During that respite, he met Mabel, who has many beauteous sisters and a major-general for a father. Now separated from his new love for at least 60 years, Frederic pledges to wait for her, but the Pirate King plans to return much sooner than that to have his revenge on the major-general. Winter Opera Saint Louis opens its new season with The Pirates of Penzance. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday (November 8 and 10) at the Skip Viragh Center 425 South Lindbergh Boulevard; www.winteroperastl.org). Tickets are $35 to $55.