Reviews are in for “Beowulf”

Photo by Liz Linder Photography

“Brian Church sang handsomely and acted compassionately… clarinetist Amy Advocat, saxophonist Philipp A. Stäudlin, percussionist Mike Williams, and violinist Lilit Hartunian played with passion and assurance…”

Steve Smith, The Boston Globe

“…a contemporary tale, yoked to the past with one simple word — a name….relentlessly inventive…an inspired authorial stroke.”

Keith Powers, WBUR’s The ARTery

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Hannah Lash updates ‘Beowulf’ for Guerilla Opera

By David Weininger  l  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT  l  MAY 19, 2016

Aliana de la Guardia (left) and Brian Church rehearse “Beowulf” at Zack Box Theater. (KAYANA SZYMCZAK FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

What is a hero? That is the simple yet vast question at the heart of Hannah Lash’s “Beowulf,” which Guerilla Opera will premiere on Friday. Less an updating than a reimagining of the Old English legend, the opera discards the poem’s noble, self-assured protagonist and replaces him with a humbler and more authentic figure. He’s a doctor, a former army medic haunted by dual demons: PTSD from a tragic wartime encounter, in which a young girl died in his care, and his mother, for whom he must care as she slides inexorably into dementia. Heroism, Lash implies, lies not in valiant deeds, but in holding it together under the arduous demands that life places on us.

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