Music & Libretto by Hannah Lash
Loosely based on the epic poem “Beowulf”
Premiere: May 20, 2016
Location: The Zack Box Theater at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee
“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
“a fabulous addition to the diverse Guerilla Opera canon… ” Christian Gentry, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN
ABOUT THE OPERA:
This world premiere opera with music and libretto by Hannah Lash, and stage direction by Andrew Eggert is a modern-day adaptation of the well know epic poem, in which Beowulf is a doctor caring for his elderly mother and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stresses upon his return from a recent war. Beowulf investigates what it means to be a hero.
Beowulf is scored for soprano, tenor, baritone, violin, clarinet, sax, and percussion. It is estimated to be 80 minutes in duration and is sung in English.