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World Premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

World Premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Center for Contemporary Opera Opens
The American Composers Alliance Festival with the
world premiere of


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

an opera by john eaton

Based on the Original Short Story by
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted by Librettist Estela Eaton


WHO:    John Eaton, composer | Estela Eaton, librettist | Karl Kramer, conductor | Marco Capalbo, stage director | The Pocket Opera Players | James Bobick, baritone | Linda Larson, soprano Jennifer Roderer, mezzo-soprano | Tony Boutté, tenor | Dominic Inferrera, bass-baritone

WHEN:    Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 8:00 PM

WHERE:    The Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway at 95th St, NYC

PROGRAM:    JOHN EATON: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2010) *World Premiere*

TICKETS:    Individual $30; Members, Students, Seniors $20; Day of Show $32; to purchase, contact the Symphony Space Box Office at 212.864.5400 or visit

New York, NY — Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO), a celebrated arts organization dedicated to the creation and performance of contemporary American opera, closes its 27th season with a groundbreaking world premiere presentation of John Eaton’s opera The Curious Case of Benjamin Button on June 15, 2010 at Symphony Space. The opera opens the annual American Composers Alliance Festival.

Following his success with the hilarious stage opera Pumped Fiction (2007), MacArthur Genius Grant recipient John Eaton brings F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved tale The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to operatic life on the stage of the Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space. Baritone James Bobick sings the title role, alongside soprano Linda Larson, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Roderer, tenor Tony Boutté and Bass-Baritone Dominic Inferrera. Karl Kramer conducts the Pocket Opera Players in this fully staged presentation directed by Marco Capalbo. John Eaton’s Pocket Opera Series features a unique use of the performers – the players of the musical instruments also participate in the acting out of the drama, in a sort of gesamtkunstwerk, or all-embracing art form.

“It was that dramatic line that attracted me to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in the first place,” says Mr. Eaton. “The author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, always remembered to keep the surface level of his writing engaging and amusing. The story of Benjamin Button is full of surprises, hilarious incidents, and completely ironic situations that keep you on the edge of your seat. So often in theater experiences, and especially in opera, you find yourself wondering if the author really asked himself if anything was happening on the stage – to paraphrase the composer-critic Virgil Thomson. The first scene of my opera is taken almost verbatim from the Fitzgerald story. There is so much movement and excitement in this production, almost all taken directly from the original story.”

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