OperaFix March 26, 2018

Opera Philadelphia Announces Two world premieres, Patience and Sarah’s Chicago Premiere, Florentine Opera will perform Prince of Players, and several opera companies collaborate with the Department of Defense on an opera about wounded soldiers.

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Next Week On April 6, Texas Christian University’s School of Music, together with the Arizona Opera, San Diego Opera, Opera Memphis, Seagle Music Colony, Seattle Opera and the U.S. Department of Defense is presenting the world premiere of a new opera, The Falling and the Rising, by Zach Redler and Jerre Dye. The opera is based on first-hand interviews of recovering wounded soldiers

Opera Philadelphia O festival will be September 20-30 and will feature the world premiere Lembit Beecher and Hannah Moscovitch’s Sky on Swings, an opera about two women with Alzheimer’s who come together in a care home and will feature Marietta Simpson and Frederica von Stade

Another world premiere will be Glass Handel, a multimedia opera performed by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo featuring new arrangements of music by Philip Glass and videos by Oscar-winning director James Ivory. Glass Handel starts as a traditional concert but members of the audience will be presented with different visuals, leading them on divergent paths.
October 5th through October 21st, Third Eye presents the Chicago premiere of Paula Kimper’s Patience and Sarah, the first opera to tell a love story between two women. Based on the lives of 19th century American painter Mary Ann Willson and her partner “Miss Brundage,” Patience and Sarah was premiered on July 8th, 1998 as a co-production between the Lincoln Center Festival of ’98 and the American Opera Projects. www.thirdeyete.com.
Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera Company announced Their 2018-19 season, which will open with October 12 & 14, 2018 with the production and live recording of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players.

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