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ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
Opera Theater Oregon presents a unique ‘song-opera’ experience that commemorates the centennial of World War 1 through the music and poetry of the Great War. Reprising our successful 2019 production in 2021, our recent production will share the parallels of the 1918 influenza pandemic with COVID-19.
George Butterworth is one of the most famous soldier-composers of World War 1. Fighting for the British, he was killed by a sniper at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Butterworth’s six songs from A Shropshire Lad (A. E. Housman’s 1896 collection of poems) inspired our program: the story of a young man who falls in love and goes off to war. Filling in the story are songs by German composer Rudi Stephan, who like Butterworth was killed by a sniper, Ralph Vaughan Williams, who volunteered to drive ambulance wagons at the age of 42, Charles Ives’ 3 War Songs, and Kurt Weill’s settings of Walt Whitman. Other composers include Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, and Ivor Gurney as well as popular songs of the time like, “Over There!” and, “It’s A Long Way To Tipperary.”
Hannah Penn, mezzo-soprano; Katherine Goforth, tenor; Nicholas Meyer, baritone
Sequoia, piano; Lisa Lipton, clarinet; Amelia Lukas, flute/piccolo
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