The Scarlet Ibis: An Expanding Operatic Tradition | Newberry

The Scarlet Ibis: An Expanding Operatic Tradition

Panel Discussion with Illustrative Arias, Chicago Opera Theater
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Reception 5:30 pm; Program 6 - 7:30 pm

Ruggles Hall

Free and open to the public. Registration required.
Open to the Public

Hear from the artists behind this new opera, which had its world premiere just three years ago at Beth Morrison Project’s PROTOTYPE Festival.

The Scarlet Ibis tells the story of a young boy named Doodle and his relationship with his Brother, in North Carolina against the backdrop of World War I. Composer Stefan Weisman and librettist David Cote adapted the magical 1960 short story by James Hurst for this new opera. February 16 through 24 at Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago stage and movement director Elizabeth Margolius joins conductor and contemporary music expert David Hanlon to bring this story to life.

Listen to performances from this beautiful piece, learn more about what it takes to adapt a short story for operatic performance, and get an inside look at director Elizabeth Margolius’s plans for the newest opera in COT’s season.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to the public; registration required. Register using this online form by 3 pm Wednesday, February 6.

Doors open half an hour before the program begins, with first-come, first-served seating for registered attendees. If seats remain available, walk-ins will be admitted about ten minutes before the event’s start.

People with disabilities and other accessibility concerns can request to be seated first. To reserve an access-friendly space in the room, first register using the link above, then email publicprograms@newberry.org at least 48 hours before the event. Seats arranged in this way will be held until 10 minutes before the event starts.