SCC Opera Workshop premieres Amy Beach's one-act opera Cabildo

Friday, February 17, 2017

Amy Beach - Peter Winkler
Operas in performance at SCC

Cabildo and Fox Fables, February 24-25-26, 2017, Shoreline Community College Theatre, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, 98133. Tickets can be purchased online for evening performances Friday and Saturday and a matinee on Sunday.

Shoreline Community College 2017 Opera Workshop features an important West Coast premiere Amy Beach's one-act opera, Cabildo.

Amy Beach, arguably America's most famous and celebrated female composer, composed her only opera in 1932. Never published, the work was not performed during the composer's lifetime, and has only received a handful of performances since 1946.

Shoreline's production will be the West Coast premiere of this miniature masterpiece. Set in late-nineteenth century New Orleans, Cabildo tells the mysterious story of the notorious pirate, Pierre LaFitte and his lover, Lady Valerie.

The story is set in the governor's palace and jail of the Cabildo, and features a cast of singers, chorus and narrator, accompanied by piano trio. Performance of this rare work is made possible by the MacDowell Colony of New Hampshire.

Peter Winkler's delightful trio of one-act operas, Fox Fables, will complement Beach's opera. Winkler, composer emeritus at SUNY Stony Brook, based his operatic trilogy on the fables of Aesop the fable of the Fox and the Grapes; the Fox and the Hen; and the Lion and the Fox.

Developed in collaboration with librettist Rhonda Levine, Fox Fables was the 2011 winner in the Contemporary American Festival competition sponsored by the Boston Metro Opera. This splendid trio of operatic gems will both delight and entertain.

Directed by Lee Ann Hittenberger and Teresa Thuman
Producer/Director Charles Enlow


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