Troubled Water

Music by Mischa Salkind-Pearl
Libretto by Frederick Choi

Premiere: September 21, 2014 (5 performances)
Location: The Zack Box at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee

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70 minutes in duration and sung in English

“In Higuchi’s story “A Snowy Day,” the narrator envies “those who see the snow spread out before them and fashion their metaphors.” “Troubled Water” honors that impulse to view the world from a vantage — and distance — of artistic possibility.” Matthew Guerreri, The Boston Globe

“In an age when opera companies are buckling under increasing financial pressures to stage elaborate performances, Guerilla Opera is a breath of fresh air. With a shoestring budget, the company has brought a host a new and enticing works into existence. ‘Troubled Water’ is another exemplary show in a string of worthy repertoiry. It is a mesmerizing work, and received a memorable performance.” Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review

This world premiere opera with music by Mischa Salkind-Pearl, libretto by Frederick Choi, and stage direction by Allegra Libonati follows the short life of writer Ichiyou Higuchi in late 19th century Japan. Her brief career hinges on her personal and professional connections, and the constant failure of people in her life to support her. As she descends into poverty and her relationships end, her writing begins to authentically reflect her world. The opera weaves in scenes and characters from her published stories, through which her own desires are brought into stark clarity.