Set in Mussolinis, Italy, this opera tells a timeless tale of corruption in government. When an unethical mayor catches wind that an inspector is being sent to his town, he warns his administration to hide their wrongdoings.
In their whimsical performances, the mayor and his minions believe they have found the undercover inspector. They attempt to cover over their wrongdoings by lavishing a random visitor and his servant with their plot that's intended for the real inspector.
Kim Whittman, the director of Wolf Trap Opera, says having the world premier in the national capital region is fitting.
"It's about government so it's kind of cool that it's here. And it's about what happens when people get really ambitious and climb the ladder and kind of lose touch with their morals while they are doing it. And the comedy comes from the crazy things they'll do to keep from getting found out," Whittman says.
The show is for all ages and will kick off next week, with a performance on Wednesday and Friday evenings.