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The basics are still the same: a young woman (Amalia) and a young man (Georg), unknown to each other, conduct a romance through letters. By chance, she secures employment where he works, and immediately, sparks fly. In the wrong direction! They can't stand each other .. in person. After an abortive attempt at a meeting, they each have regrets, until finally, disclosure is made and they admit to each other that the reality of the letters is the reality they most desire.

Nicole Bégué as Amalia and Daniel Hoy as Georg in Lyric Opera Cleveland's SHE LOVES ME. Photo © Steve Zorc
Nicole Bégué as Amalia and Daniel Hoy as Georg in Lyric Opera Cleveland's SHE LOVES ME. Photo © Steve Zorc

Maraczek's Perfumerie in 1930s Budapest is the main setting and provides the ensemble with multiple goofy bits of charming entertainment. In addition to Amalia and Georg, splendidly portrayed by the incandescent Nicole Bégué and the beguiling, limber-legged Daniel Hoy, respectively, the shop's owner Mr Maraczek is capably played by Cleveland favorite Mitchell Fields. The other employees are the slightly world-weary older woman, Ilona Ritter (Fenlon Lamb), the conscientious Ladislav Sipos (Michael S Preacely), the slightly smarmy opportunist Steven Kodaly (Dominic M Aquilino), and the over-eager delivery boy Arpad Laszlo (Alex Wyse). This young man will go far!

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Copyright © 19 July 2005 Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland USA

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