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Guerilla Opera Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Greatest Hits, Experimental Opera

Guerilla Opera plays its greatest hits on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at its 10th Anniversary Celebration in the OBERON at 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138! Join your host Allegra Libonati, Stage Director of upcoming "Play: the Game-or-Game: the Play" and Boston Lyric Opera's recent "The Rakes Progress," at 6:00pm for mingling, appetizers and a cash bar, and mezmerizing performances from Guerilla Opera's "relentlesly inventive" ensemble. General admission for this event is $20.00 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 617-547-8300 and at-the-door 1 hour before curtain at the OBERON.

Performances from their world premiere operas include: "Heart of a Dog" with music and libretto by Rudolf Rojahn, "Gallo" with music and libretto by Ken Ueno, "Say It Ain't So, Joe!" with music and libretto by Curtis K. Hughes and last season's premiere "Beowulf" with music and libretto by Hannah Lash.

The performing ensemble for this celebration includes Guerilla Opera regulars: soprano Aliana de la Guardia, tenor Patrick Massey, countertenor Douglas Dodson, clarinetist Amy Advocat, saxophonist Philipp Stäudlin, violinist/violist Gabriela Diaz as well as percussionist and artistic director Mike Williams, and new-commers baritone Dana Whitesid and cellist Stephen Marotto.

In conclusion of their 10th anniversary season, Guerilla Opera presents the world-premiere of composer and theater artist Rick Burkhardt's "Game: the Play-or-Play: the Game." This new opera plays for four performances in Ipswich Hall at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, 132 Ipswich St, Boston, MA: Thursday through Sunday, May 25 to 28, 2017 and all performances are at 8:00 p.m. An audience talk-back will directly follow the performances on Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26, with members of the cast and creative team.

Tickets for "Game: the Play-or-Play: the Game" are $15 for general admission and $10 for senior citizens. Tickets are free for students, as available the day of with a valid ID. Free student tickets must be claimed at the door via student rush. Student tickets are $10 if purchased in advance. For ticket purchases, visit or call the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Box Office at (617) 912-9222 (Wednesday-Friday, 12:00-5:00 p.m.). Tickets sold online and by phone are subject to a fee. In-person sales are not subject to a fee.

In present day four friends meet to play "BLACKOUT," a board game which takes place in 1940 during the blitz on London. As the American gamers play, time and space begin to skew. They inhabit their British characters more and more as they desperately attempt to evacuate the city and put out fires from aerial bombs falling on London. But it's just a game. Right?

"Game: the Play-or-Play: the Game" is approximately 70 minutes in duration and sung in English. There is no intermission. Four singer/actors (sopranos Aliana de la Guardia, Jennifer Ashe and Nina Guo, and baritone Brian Church) pair with four instrumentalist/actors (percussionist Mike Williams, saxophonist Phillip Stäudlin, clarinetst Rane Moore and violinist Lilit Hartunian) to depict playing a board game that literally folds out onto the stage with the audience in-the-round. The sound world develops from the actual sounds of gaming-rolling dice, shuffling cards, moving small game pieces, etc.-and extends into those of the musical instruments.

Guerilla Opera's creative team for "Game: the Play-or-Play: the Game" features: stage director Allegra Libonati, resident production designer Julia Noulin-Mérat (Director of Design and Production), lighting designer Daniel B. Chapman, and resident costume designer Neil Fortin.

This production is made possible through the generosity of Timothy and Jane Gillette, Elizabeth S. Boveroux, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Amphion Foundation, and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Ensemble-in-Residence program.

Guerilla Opera, now in its 10th season, is an experimental opera company whose mission is to commission new chamber operas written specifically for their ensemble of artists, and to perform in intimate theatrical settings without the use of a conductor or formal music director.

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