Guerilla Opera Opens its Fourth Season with “Heart of a Dog” by Rudolf Rojahn
BOSTON, MA (AUGUST 2010) – Guerilla Opera opens their fourth season with a new production of Heart of a Dog, an original work by composer and Artistic Director Rudolf Rojahn, directed by Copeland Woodruff (two-time winner of the National Opera Association Best Opera Production Competition), running September 16-September 26 at The Boston Conservatory’s Zack Box Theater, 8 The Fenway, Boston, MA. Tickets for all performances are $15 general admission, $10 seniors and free for students with valid IDs; tickets can be purchased starting September 1st from The Boston Conservatory box office at 617-912-9222 or online at www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets .
Adapted from Mikhail Bulgakov’s novella of the same title, Rojahn’s dark comedy tells the story of a scientist whose experiments of implanting human glands into the body of a dog proves overly successful. But the grandeur of the scientific achievement is overshadowed by the misery of living with the half-dog/half-woman whose varied appetites and manipulations prove disastrous for all.
“I’d long been a fan of Bulgakov’s fiction so when I began thinking about writing a short opera in 2007 Heart of a Dog seemed like it could be a perfect fit. Everything from the surreal nature of the drama to the small cast of characters to the self-contained environment seemed custom tailored, not just to my compositional aesthetic, but also to the limited resources with which the production would be put on. The piece came out in a creative rage of less than two months and when I listen to it now, three years later, I can hear the raw and crunchy sonoric exuberance of a younger version of myself. I wanted to tear down the performance space with massive walls of sound while four tragic puppets acted out their black comedy.” – Rudolf Rojahn, Composer and Artistic Director
Heart of a Dog was Guerilla Opera’s first staged production, premiered on September 21, 2007 to a sold out house in The Zack Box Theater of The Boston Conservatory, which led to an invitation for Ensemble-in-Residence status at the Conservatory, where the company still resides.
Guerilla Opera will be holding events directly after each performance at which audience members will meet the composer, director, cast and ensemble. For the final performance, Guerilla Opera will hold a VIP Reception at the Sheraton Boston to celebrate the closing night of the first show of the 2010-2011 season. The Heart of a Dog event schedule is as follows:
Talk-back (FREE and open to the public): Thursday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 19 directly after performance; at The Boston Conservatory’s Zack Box Theater.
Closing Night VIP Reception ($65, reservations required): Sunday, Sept. 26 directly after the final performance; at The Side Bar Lounge at the Sheraton Boston. RSVP for this event online at www.go-vipparty.eventbright.com.