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Tobias Picker's Dolores Claiborne at New York City Opera; Opera Without Words with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 01, 2017

Tobias Picker's <em>Dolores Claiborne</em> at New York City Opera; <em>Opera Without Words</em> with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Tobias Picker’s powerful fifth opera Dolores Claiborne has its New York premiere on October 22 in a new version for 14 players with the New York City Opera. The production stars Lisa Chavez in the title role, alongside Jessica Tyler Wright, Lianne Gennaco, Thomas Hall and Spencer Hamlin. Pacien Mazzagatti conducts with stage direction by Michael Capasso. 

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Dolores Claiborne was hailed in its premiere production at the San Francisco Opera as “a brilliant musical incarnation” and “a momentous addition to the expanding canon of American opera” (Huffington Post). The new chamber version was jointly commissioned by New York City Opera and the Opera Institute at Boston University. The production runs from October 22 to 29 at 59E59 Theaters in New York.

On October 27, Giancarlo Guerrero leads the Nashville Symphony in two performances of Picker’s "seductive" and "enigmatic" (The Washington Post) orchestral suite Opera Without Words, which will be recorded live for commercial release. The work, which had its debut with Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra in 2016, receives further performances in February 2018 with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andres Cladera.

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Tobias Picker
Dolores Claiborne (2013)
an opera in two acts
libretto (Eng) by J.D. McClatchy, based on the novel by Stephen King
for 8 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 6 tenors, bass-baritone and chorus

Dolores Claiborne (2013, arr. 2017)
an opera in two acts (chamber version)
libretto (Eng) by J.D. McClatchy, based on the novel by Stephen King
for two sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass-baritone
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Opera Without Words (2015)
for orchestra