World Premiere Opera The Little Blue One A Modern “Psychological Thriller” from Juventas
Boston, MA –This April, Juventas New Music Ensemble presents The Little Blue One, a bold, new English-language opera based on the Italian folktale Azzurina.
In this psychological thriller, a young teen is torn between reality and the supernatural as she fights for acceptance and freedom. Centered on a young albino girl—whose oddly overprotective father dyes her hair dark blue and keeps her confined in his palace —The Little Blue One is a dark update of a classic tale. Can Azzurina ever be free? And what is the real source of the danger she faces?
The Little Blue One is the latest from Juventas’ annual Opera Project, in which the company presents a fully-staged production of a new opera each Spring. The Opera Project is part of Juventas’ mission to support and present new music from young emerging composers, demonstrating the vibrancy and relevancy of “classical” music for today’s generation. The production takes on added importance given the closure of Intermezzo Opera this year.
This season, composer Dominick DiOrio and librettist Meghan Guidry join forces to bring us this special story. Performances are April 24-26 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theater.
DiOrio is a longtime Juventas collaborator, a composer and conductor. Juventas premiered DiOrio’s Stabat mater dolorosa in 2011 and recently recorded the piece for an upcoming CD. Last week at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, DiOrio led his NOTUS: Indiana University Vocal Ensemble in a program of contemporary music. His first opera, Klytemnestra, won a HoustonPress award for Best Composition 2011.
Guidry is a Boston-based writer who has published two novels – Light and Skin, and Kinesiophobia. She recently saw premieres of three works by composer Oliver Caplan, for which she wrote text. Her poem Roots and Wings appears in Like One: Poems for Boston, created after the Boston Marathon bombings.
DiOrio calls the music for The Little Blue One “haunting and magical, imbued with the pathos and yearning of a scared adolescent.”
Juventas Artistic Director Lidiya Yankovskaya, one of Boston’s fastest rising conductors, serves as music director for TLBO. This summer, Yankovskaya will serve as one of three Conducting Fellows for Maestro Lorin Maazel at Castleton. She is Music Director of both Harvard’s Lowell House Opera and and NY’s Center for Contemporary Opera Development Series.
Stage Direction for TLBO will be by acclaimed director Erin Huelskamp, Juventas’ co-founder. Huelskamp directed The Magic Mirror for Juventas – a production that was chosen to present at the NY Fringe Festival – and Light and Power, which won the American Prize for Best Professional Opera Performance (2012).
The Little Blue One
An Opera in Two Acts
Music by Dominick DiOrio
Libretto by Meghan Guidry
Music Direction by Lidiya Yankovskaya
Stage Direction by Erin Huelskamp
April 24 – 7:30 PM; April 25 – 8:00 PM; April 26 – 3:00 PM; April 26 – 8:00 PM
BCAOnline.org – $30 standard, $20 students, group discounts available
Since its founding in 2005, Juventas has showcased works by over 150 composers in more than 90 exhilarating performances and has held residencies at The Boston Conservatory (2006-2010), Middlebury College (2010, 2011), and Harvard University (2011, 2012, 2014). Juventas has also collaborated on several recording projects with Parma Records and with individual composers. This season, Juventas recorded a full album of new music by young composers with the support of New Dynamic Records; the album will be released in 2015. In addition to chamber music concerts, our performances have included collaborations with visual artists, dancers, scientists and political activists. Juventas also produces an annual Opera Project, featuring a new, fully-staged production each season.
Our recent productions have received The American Prize for Best Professional Opera Production (2012) and the National Opera Association Award for Best Professional Production (1st place 2011, 2nd splace 2012). Juventas is a five time Boston Globe classical music pick.