Gertrude Stein Discussion Panel and Opera Premieres in June

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The works of modernist writer Getrude Stein will be explored through the production of an opera inspired by her works and a panel discussion.

On June 10th at 6:30 at the City University of New York's Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, A Gertrude Stein Salon will celebrate the premiere of Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On. This free educational program sponsored by Encompass New Opera Theatre will include a panel discussion with the collaborators of Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On (poet Karren LaLonde Alenier, composer William Banfield, dramaturg/director Nancy Rhodes) and three authors who have written about Stein. Sarah Bay-Cheng, author of Mama Dada: Gertrude Stein's Avant-Garde Theater; Barbara Will, author of Gertrude Stein, Modernism and the Problem of "Genius"; and Brenda Wineapple, author of Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein. Musical excerpts from the opera will illuminate the discussion.

The opera itself will be presented for five performances from June 15th through 18th at 8 PM and with a Saturday 2 PM performance. The world premiere of Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On will take place at the Leonard Nimoy THALIA Theatre at Symphony Space. The program will also include two short vocal pieces based on Gertrude Stein texts: Virgil Thomson's Capital Capitals and Ned Rorem's Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters .

Principal singers include Eve Gigliotti as Gertrude Stein, Rosalie Sullivan as Alice B.Toklas, and Justin Vickers as Leo Stein. The work was co-commissioned by The Word Works and Encompass New Opera Theatre.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. For more information, call (718) 398-4675 or visit

The Leonard Nimoy THALIA Theatre at Symphony Space is at 95th and Broadway. For box office info and discounts, call (212) 864-5400. To purchase standard price tickets, visit
and navigate to Music, June events, A Gertrude Stein Musical Trilogy.

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