Peabody Chamber Opera presents
 

Hotel Eden

A Music Theater piece in Three Acts

by Henry Mollicone

text by Judith Fein


Chamber Opera Orchestra

Matthew Brown, conductor

Roger Brunyate, stage director

April 29, 30; May 1*, 5, 7, 2005
Evenings at 8:00 PM; *Sunday matinee at 3:00 PM.

Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
Admission $24 / Seniors $12 / Students with ID $10
Tickets available from Theatre Project online, or call 410/752–8558

and


Singing Shakespeare

A program of verse, drama, and music, old and new

May 6, 2005, at 8:00 PM, and May 8, 2005, at 3:00 PM
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Welcome to the Hotel Eden…. Director Roger Brunyate writes about the genesis of Henry Mollicone’s Genesis opera, its music, and its message.


Hotel Eden, by Henry Mollicone and Judith Fein, is a funny but ultimately very moving retelling of three stories from the Book of Genesis, transferred to the context of a luxury resort hotel. So Adam and Eve arrive on their honeymoon, only to encounter Adam’s Kabbalistic first wife, Lilith. The bibulous Captain Noah causes the flood by allowing his bath to overflow while his wife is headlining the cabaret downstairs. And Abraham has to do right by his former mistress Hagar, before the onstage birth of his son Isaac to his elderly wife Sarah. These activities are observed and occasionally urged along by a trio of hotel employees in each scene, who may be thought of as irreverent Angels, striving nonetheless to carry out the wishes of the unseen Director. While the music of the biblical characters is richly lyrical, the angels sing in a variety of pop styles ranging from calypso to rock.

During the second week of their residency, artists from Peabody will also present a program entitled Singing Shakespeare. Poems, monologues, and dramatic encounters will alternate with musical settings of Shakespeare texts, including the premieres of operatic scenes by Peabody composers Kevin Clark, Amy Beth Kirsten, and George Lam.
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CAST


AdamTravis Wanner
EveJoanna Manring
LilithJessica Renfro
WaitressSarah Hershman
Cleaning Woman    Amanda Franecki
BellhopDan Kempson
  
Captain NoahJames Seay (guest)
Mrs. NoahCara Rogers
EmceeLisa Taylor
ChefMatt Dingels
RepairmanConrad Buck
  
AbrahamBenjamin Park
HagarBonnie McNaughton
SarahChi-Chun Chan
Nurse 1Erin Brittain
Nurse 2Elspeth Davis
DoctorDavid Kirkwood