Announcing the 2013-2014 Season

Tickets on sale August 2013 or 617.933.8600

The Fringe Festival, now in its 17th season, is a collaboration between the Schools of Music and Theatre and the Opera Institute.  Its mission is to produce new or rarely performed significant works in the opera and theater repertoire, bringing performers and audiences close together in unique theatrical settings.

Siren Song
Composer: Jonathan Dove
Librettist: Nick Dear
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Jim Petosa

Friday, October 4, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 5, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 5, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 6, 2:00pm

Lane-Comley Studio 210

Based on the novel of the same name by Gordon Honeycombe, it tells the story of a love starved sailor who becomes entangled in an affair of letters with a person he assumes to be a lonely young woman. Despite never speaking to her, Davey opens a joint bank account in both their names, into which he deposits about £18,000. The young lady turns out to be a deceitful and callous man calling himself Jonathan who, posing as Diana’s brother, entertains the sailor with letters and promises from his supposed sister.  Meanwhile, Davey is embroiled in a mistaken-for-gay Navy enquiry before a tragic denouement where the scam is uncovered.

Dark Sisters
Composer: Nico Muhly
Libretto: Stephen Karam
Music Director: Allison Voth
Stage Director: David Gately

Friday, October 11, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 12, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 12, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 13, 2:00pm

Lane-Comley Studio 210

Dark Sisters follows one woman’s dangerous attempt to escape her life as a member of the FLDS Church (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints), a sect that split from mainstream Mormonism in the early 20th Century largely because of the LDS Church’s renunciation of polygamy.

Fall Scenes Program
Featuring members of Opera Project and Opera Workshop in operatic scenes
Saturday, November 23, 7:30pm
CFA Concert Hall

Amahl and the Night Visitors
Composer & Librettist: Gian Carlo Menotti
William Lumpkin, conductor
Nathan Troup, stage director

Saturday, December 7, 7:30pm
with the Boston University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Chorus

Written by Gian-Carlo Menotti in 1951, Amahl and the Night Visitors has the distinction of being the first opera written for television. A holiday favorite, Amahl and the Night Visitors is the story of a young, crippled boy, Amahl, and the miracle that cures him.

Florencia en el Amazonas

Composer: Daniel Catán
Librettist: Marcela Fuentes-Berain
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Nic Muni

Sung in Spanish with English supertitles

February 20, Thursday at 7:30
February 21, Friday at 7:30
February 22, Saturday at 7:30
February 23, Sunday at 2:00

Boston University Theater, Mainstage

A work of great beauty and power, Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas is the composer’s second opera. Loosely inspired by Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera, the opera follows the story of Florencia Grimaldi, an aging opera singer who embarks upon a steamboat journey down the Amazon River. As the journey progresses, the boat is beset by pink rain, foul waters, and the threat of a cholera epidemic. As Florencia and her fellow travelers are carried deeper into the jungle, they experience various revelations, until finally the diva’s spirit is transformed into a vast, emerald butterfly.

Spring Opera Scenes
Concert featuring Opera Project, Opera Workshop and Opera Theatre in Opera Scenes or One Act operas.
Saturday, March 1, 5:00pm
CFA Concert Hall

Don Giovanni

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Daniel Pelzig

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

April 17, Thursday at 7:30
April 18, Friday at 7:30
April 19, Saturday at 7:30
April 20, Sunday at 2:00

Boston University Theater, Mainstage

With more than two thousand seductions behind him and no end in sight, Don Giovanni becomes increasingly reckless as he descends into excess and immorality. But when his antics turn fatal and unrepentant, the women he has discarded seek revenge and it is ultimately served up by a hellish supernatural force.