Earplay, San Francisco’s renowned new music ensemble, joins RealOpera in announcing the premiere production of a major new chamber opera. Three performances Feb. 22-24 at Z_Space in San Francisco. BUY TICKETS HERE.
HOWARDS END, AMERICA
Composed by Allen Shearer on a libretto by Claudia Stevens
This riveting story of betrayal, race and real estate transports E. M. Forster’s Howards End from Edwardian England to 1950’s Boston. With powerful imagery and ravishing music, the opera evokes the atmosphere of an earlier time in America, but a time as divided over race and class as it is today. Audiences will meet two sisters: the kind but cautious Margaret and the younger Helen, an impulsive social activist with camera in hand. What damage will they cause, and what romantic entanglements will befall them, when they set out to become the patrons of gifted black poet Leonard?
HOWARDS END, AMERICA features a cast of seven of the novel’s main characters. They are portrayed by opera luminaries accompanied by a chamber orchestra of Earplayers and guests under resident conductor Mary Chun. Philip Lowery directs. This first-ever opera on the great Forster novel will be a highlight of Earplay’s 2018-2019 season. Cast includes Nikki Einfeld as Margaret Schlegel, Sara Duchovnay as Helen Schlegel, Philip Skinner as Henry Wilcox, Michael Dailey as Leonard Bast, Lori Willis as Jackie Bast, Erin Neff as Ruth Wilcox, and Daniel Cilli as Charles Wilcox.
Sara Duchovnay and Michael Dailey. Below: Nikki Einfeld
Photos: Jasmine Van T
Howards End, America: from Novel to Opera
Read Allen Shearer’s article in the September newsletter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.