The Scarlet Ibis
January 17-20, 2019
at Longy School of Music of Bard College
Music by Stefan Weisman
Libretto by David Cote
Based on the short story written by James Hurst, first published in the July 1960 edition of The Atlantic Monthly
Produced in partnership with Longy School of Music of Bard College
Used by permission of the exclusive agent: Bill Holab Music
"an outstanding new chamber opera ... a moving, intense and dignified creation"
-The New York Times
"The creative team for this piece deserves kudos for recognizing so ideal an operatic subject, rich in emotion that can best be expressed in music."
-The New York Observer
Boston Opera Collaborative returns to Pickman Hall with the Boston premiere of a beautiful, haunting new opera based on the beloved short story by James Hurst. The Scarlet Ibis tells the story of Doodle, a remarkable boy with disabilities whose older brother pushes him to be “normal.” Set in a mysterious swampland with a Southern Gothic vibe, The Scarlet Ibis combines singers, puppetry and a score that is both minimalist and lushly chromatic to explore notions of physical wholeness, mystical otherness, and the power to soar above physical limitations. Performed with a nine-piece orchestra, featuring Longy graduate students.
Thursday, January 17th @ 7pm in the Homburger Room
Pre-Show Champagne Reception with the Creators
Tickets $30, limited availability
An exclusive reception featuring Prosecco and charcuterie from Bacco's Wine and Cheese on opening night with the creators of The Scarlet Ibis, Stefan Weisman and David Cote. Reserve Tickets
Friday, January 18th, directly after the show in Pickman Hall
Post-Show Panel with the Creators
Join composer Stefan Weisman and librettist David Cote for a post-show discussion on the origins of their brilliant work, as well as an audience Q+A, moderated by BOC Concert and Outreach Coordinator Carley DeFranco. This discussion will be held on-stage immediately following Friday’s performance.
Saturday, January 19th @ 7pm in the Wolfinsohn Room
"What to listen for" with Director Greg Smucker and members of creative team
Want to know what to listen for? Join Director Greg Smucker and members of the creative team for a brief, informative introduction to this haunting and poignant work.
Cast & Creative Team
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Performing Thursday, Jan 17 & Saturday, Jan 19: Ann Fogler (Brother), Lucas Coura (Doodle), Britt Brown (Mother), Scott Ballantine (Father), Emily Harmon (Auntie)
Performing Friday, Jan 18 & Sunday, Jan 20: Katherine Maysek (Brother), Wei En Chan (Doodle), Shannon Grace (Mother), Andrew Miller (Father), Susannah Thornton (Auntie)
Scarlet Ibis premiered at the 2015 PROTOTYPE Festival
in a co-production between BETH MORRISON PROJECTS & HERE
Produced in Association with AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS