Operagasmic Production of the Week
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers’ bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Lizzie Borden!
A Chamber Version in Seven Scenes
Music by Jack Beeson; Libretto by Kenward Elmslie
Based on a Scenario by Richard Plant
Realized by Todd Bashore (orchestration) and John Conklin (dramaturgy)
Sung in English with projected text
November 20, 22, 23, 24m, 2013
The Castle at Park Plaza | 130 Columbus Avenue, Boston
Evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Matinees (m) at 3 p.m.
Fall River, Massachusetts has never forgotten the infamous crime. When Lizzie Borden was arrested for the brutal murder of her father and stepmother, the New England village became the focus of the nation. The jurors at Lizzie’s trial did not deliberate long, but in the court of public opinion, debate still rages about her guilt or innocence.
BLO has commissioned a new chamber version in seven scenes of Jack Beeson’s score, which reveals the disturbing power and undeniable theatricality of his opera. Christopher Alden directs this world premiere with Heather Johnson as Lizzie and Caroline Worra as her stepmother. The Boston Globe has called the Opera Annex an “increasingly essential series” and subscribers receive first access to tickets.
|Stage Director||Christopher Alden|
|Wigs and Makeup Designer||Jason Allen|
|Set Designer||Andrew Holland*
|Costume Designer||Terese Wadden*|
|Lighting Designer||Allen Hahn*|
|Andrew Borden||Daniel Mobbs|
|Abigail Borden||Caroline Worra|
|Lizzie Borden||Heather Johnson|
|Margret Borden||Chelsea Basler#|
|Captain Jason McFarlane||David McFerrin#|
|Reverend Harringon||Omar Najmi#|
#BLO Emerging Artist