New Opera SISTER CARRIE Comes to Marcus Center This Fall

New Opera SISTER CARRIE Comes to Marcus Center This Fall

Milwaukee, WI -- SISTER CARRIE, a new American opera commissioned by Florentine Opera from the creators of Elmer Gantry, comes to Milwaukee's Marcus Center for the Performing Arts for two performances: Friday October 7 at 7:30 PM and Sunday October 9 at 2:30 PM.

The celebrated mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala (who's American premiere include The Adventures of Pinocchio and the world premieres of Doubt and The Manchurian Candidate) creates the role of Carrie, the young woman born into poverty who defies social and sexual norms to rise to stardom on the New York stage. The brilliant lyric baritone Keith Phares ("a strong contender for iconographic recognition"-- Opera News on Elmer Gantry) creates the role of Hurstwood, one of the great tragic characters of American literature: the established middle-class man who throws away his life in pursuit of Carrie. The author, Dreiser, an ardent lifelong Social Progressive, presented a view of the gulf separating the 'leisure class' from the 'working class' that was originally condemned as 'sordid.' His bleak and uncompromising depiction is still relevant today.

This World Premiere production reunites the creative team that won double GRAMMY awards for the Florentine Opera recording of Elmer Gantry*, as conductor William Boggs (The two-time Grammy Award-winning recording and Midwest premiere of Elmer Gantry 2010, Julius Caesar 2014) once again leads the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Florentine Opera Chorus. The large cast of SISTER CARRIE includes Milwaukee favorites soprano Alissa Jordheim (Caramoor's Dialogues of the Carmelites 2015, Florentine's Elmer Gantry 2015 and Albert Herring 2013) and tenor Matt Morgan (NYC Opera's Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Florentine's Elmer Gantry 2015). SISTER CARRIE will be directed by William Florescu with lighting design by Noele Stollmack, scenic design by Kris Stone, and costume design by Rachel Laritz. *GRAMMY awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Engineered Classical Recording

Florentine Opera General Director (stage director) William Florescu stated "The Florentine Opera Company is honored to be a part of the creation of a new American Opera, SISTER CARRIE. We are grateful for the community support that has driven this company to create and present 'new opera' as a part of 'popular' repertory, on a level that supports the production of this world premiere, and the recording and worldwide release of this new work."

Composer Robert Aldridge and Librettist Herschel Garfein made US opera history when Elmer Gantry opened to rave reviews at Nashville Opera in 2007 followed by a Florentine Opera Midwest premiere and professional recording in 2010. Opera outsiders, they had undertaken a full-length grand opera on a classic American novel without a commission. Their seventeen-year ordeal searching for a full production was the basis of a front-page article in the New York Times Arts and Leisure ("Behold! An Operatic Miracle!").


The World Premiere and Recording
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:30pm

At Uhlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage.

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