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2019 FESTIVAL | IN OPERA WE TRUST

Welcome to opera born in your century, speaking your language — in more ways than one — and telling your stories in a way that only opera can.

The 2019 Festival (April 27-May 4), a bold exploration of law, redemption, and unlikely friendships in a divided world, spotlights works that are accessible to newcomers but will also thrill lifelong opera fans. On the docket: a delightful double bill of SCALIA/GINSBURG (composer Derrick Wang's one-act opera about the friendship between Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia) paired with TRIAL BY JURY (Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved courtroom comedy). We will also present one of the most successful contemporary operas of our time, Jake Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING. Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean with a libretto by Terrence McNally, this modern masterpiece about a death row inmate and the nun who becomes his reluctant spiritual adviser is unlike anything we’ve presented in our history.

We trust opera to have the magical gift of being timely — and becoming timeless. We trust opera buffs to enjoy the operatic precedents from Handel, Mozart, Verdi, and Puccini in Scalia/Ginsburg. We trust first-timers to be transfixed by the raw power of Dead Man Walking. And we trust opera's gift for telling stories like no other art-form. Whether you are a Festival veteran or a first-time patron, trust opera to show you something new about itself — and you.

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PERFORMANCES 

Saturday, April 27, 2019  | 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 2 pm
The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE

A powerful tale of grief, mercy, and redemption, Dead Man Walking is hailed as one of the most important operas of our time. Based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean which also inspired the Oscar-winning film, it explores the complex relationship between Louisiana death row inmate Joseph De Rocher and Prejean, the nun who becomes his reluctant spiritual adviser. With a brilliant score by Jake Heggie and a gripping libretto by Terrence McNally, this modern masterpiece has stunned audiences with realism and haunting eloquence since its 2000 premiere. Starring Tim Mix as Joseph De Rocher, Aleksandra Romano as Sister Helen Prejean, and Adrienne Danrich as Sister Rose. Directed by Octavio Cardenas. Conducted by Jerome Shannon.

Performed in English with English supertitles. This opera contains explicit content and is not recommended for patrons under 16.

 l to r:   TIM MIX (BARITONE), ALEKSANDRA ROMANO (MEZZO-soprano), ADRIENNE DANRICH (SOPRANO)

l to r: TIM MIX (BARITONE), ALEKSANDRA ROMANO (MEZZO-soprano), ADRIENNE DANRICH (SOPRANO)


Sunday, April 28, 2019 | 2 pm
Friday, May 3, 2019 | 7:30 pm

The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE

DOUBLE BILL | Scalia/Ginsburg | Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia shared two things — a deep philosophical opposition and a deep love of opera. But what would happen if the two unlikely friends and ideological opposites had to appear before a Higher Power? Composer Derrick Wang’s charming comic opera — featuring actual lines from the justices’ opinions and speeches and musical nods to Handel, Mozart, and Puccini — is “a perfect...jewel.” (Opera Today) Starring Jennifer Zetlan as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brian Cheney as Justice Antonin Scalia, and Ben Wager as the Commentator.

Trial by Jury | Disorder in the court! After being left at the altar, the beautiful Angelina takes her former fiancé to court for breach of contract, charming everyone along the way. The verdict is unanimous: Gilbert & Sullivan’s courtroom romp is a delight.

Directed by Fenlon Lamb (Scalia/Ginsburg) & Cynthia du Pont Tobias (Trial by Jury). Conducted by Sara Jobin.

Performed in English with English supertitles.

EXPLORE: Read more about Scalia/Ginsburg and its composer/librettist Derrick Wang

 l to r: Jennifer Zetlan (soprano) , Brian Cheney (tenor), Ben Wager (bass-baritone).

l to r: Jennifer Zetlan (soprano) , Brian Cheney (tenor), Ben Wager (bass-baritone).


ENHANCE & EXPLORE

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PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURES

Enhance your Festival experience! Please join us for informative talks prior to each Festival performance. Speakers to be announced soon.

Lectures take place on the lower level of The Grand (818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE), one hour before curtain. Seating is limited. Admission is free.


 

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This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.