No Exit

The best new opera of 2008…
LLOYD SCHWARTZ, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

A signature event of the city’s 2007-2008 season…
RICHARD DYER in The Boston Conservatory’s STAGES

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Vores’s seductive and scary score is a wonder of musical invention.
LLOYD SCHWARTZ, NEW YORK ARTS

Exceptional… There is no hiding the trio’s talents as singers and actors…
JEFFREY GANTZ, THE BOSTON GLOBE

A gripping evening of music and theater…
DAVID WRIGHT, BOSTON CLASSICAL REVIEW

The opera casts its spell slowly, but once it reaches its stride there is much to admire… quite powerful even from a distance…
BRIAN SCHUTH, BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER

PERFORMANCES:
Premiere: April 24, 2008
Location: The Zack Box at The Boston Conservatory (Boston, MA)

New Production: September 16, 2010
Location: The Zack Box at The Boston Conservatory (Boston, MA)

Composed by Andy Vores
Libretto adapted by Andy Vores from the play “No Exit” by Jean-Paul Sartre
Directed by Nathan Troup

You have to give Guerilla Opera some serious props. A production like their recent version of Andy Vores’ No Exit (which closed last weekend) evinced a level of artistry and ambition that’s rare on the cultural scene… and only added to Guerilla’s reputation as the 800-pound gorilla on our operatic fringe… enough talent (and ambition) on display here to make me hope I might see Guerilla Opera on a more prominent stage sometime soon.
THOMAS GARVEY, THE HUB REVIEW

FROM THE COMPOSER
andy-voresThree self-absorbed people who don’t know each other and don’t like each other trapped together in one room for eternity – literally. Perhaps not most people’s idea of a naturally operatic plot, but Sartre’s play is full of drama and sly comedy set in a tiny space packed with vast consequences. NO EXIT shows the first hour of their damnation; we see the veneer of civilized self-justification crack to reveal fear, spite, vanity, self-delusion. Imagine this same room in ten thousand years, twenty thousand, thirty thousand . . .

ENSEMBLE:
Jonas Budris, tenor (GARCIN)
Christina English, mezzo-soprano (INEZ)
Aliana de la Guardia, soprano (ESTELLE)
Jonathan Nussman, baritone (VALET
Kent O’Doherty, saxophone
Mike Williams, percussion
Gabriela Diaz, viola
Nicole Cariglia, cello

PRODUCTION:
Nathan Troup, stage director
Julia Noulin-Mérat, scenic design
Lara De Bruijn, costume design
Dan Chapman, light design
Elisabeth Rudin, stage management
Kelsey Ann Ross, assistant director

ORIGINAL ENSEMBLE (2008):
Peter D. Weathers, baritone (Valet)
Michael P. Rausch, tenor (Garcin)
Leslie Ann Leytham, mezzo-soprano (Inez)
Aliana de la Guardia, soprano (Estelle)
Mike Williams, percussion
Kent O’Doherty, saxophone
Eliza Jacques, cello
Elizabeth Holub, viola
Sally Stunkel, stage director
Allison Choat, production design