OperaDelaware Delaware Festival starts this weekend

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OperaDelaware will hold its 2019 Festival from April 27 through May 4.

The offerings are described as “ a bold exploration of law, redemption, and unlikely friendships in a divided world.”

Scheduled areScalia/Ginsburg,composerDerrick Wang’s one-act opera about the friendship betweenJustices Ruth Bader GinsburgandAntonin Scalia. It will be paired withTrial by Jury,Gilbert & Sullivan’s courtroom comedy.

The company will also present Jake Heggie’s acclaimed Deadman Walking. Based on the book bySister Helen Prejeanwith a libretto byTerrence McNally, the opera is about a death row inmate and the nun who becomes his reluctant spiritual adviser “makes the most concentrated impact of any piece of American music theater sinceWest Side Story.” [The Guardian]

Performances will take place at The Grand (818 N. Market St., Wilmington). Tickets are on sale atoperade.orgor by calling OperaDelaware’sBox Officeat302-442-7807.

“We are beyond excited to bring these works to Delaware,” says BrendenCooke, Opera Delaware’s General Director.“Dead Man Walking” is one of the most successful operas of our time, and we’re also delighted to present the world premiere of a new orchestration of Derrick Wang’s brilliantScalia/Ginsburg, paired with Gilbert & Sullivan’sTrial by Jury.

Cooke continued, “Opera is an incredible vehicle for telling stories, and what stories we have to tell! These works — written in English, on (mostly) contemporary subjects — don’t preach about politics, the Constitution, or the death penalty, but they will certainly spark dialogue and challenge perspectives. The unifying theme ofScalia/Ginsburg is ‘We are different, we are one,’ and we hope that our presentation of these works serves as a reminder that there are multiple valid viewpoints on every topic.”

Sister Helen Prejean, whose best-selling book of the same name inspired the opera, will attend the opening performance of Dead Man Walking on April 27.Patrons and the public are invited to meet Sister Helen Prejean at abook discussion and Q&Aprior to the show atFirst & Central Presbyterian Church(1101 N. Market St.) beginning at 3:30 pm. This event is free, but reservations are required. Register at operade.org. See schedule below:

FESTIVAL | APRIL 27-MAY 4

DEAD MAN WALKING
Sat., April 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sat., May 4, 2019 at 2 pm

SCALIA/GINSBURG & TRIAL BY JURY
Sun., April 28, 2019 at 2 pm
Fri., May 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Performances at The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE

LEADING LADIES OFFSTAGE
Thurs., May 2 at 7:30 pm

Performance at the OperaDelaware Studios, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE

PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE SCHEDULE
April 27, 6:30 pm:Octavio Cardenas (director,Dead Man Walking)
April 28, 1 pm:Fenlon Lamb (director,Scalia/Ginsburg) & Cynthia du Pont Tobias (director,Trial by Jury)
May 3, 6:30 pm:Sara Jobin (conductor,Scalia/Ginsburg & Trial by Jury)
May 4, 1 pm:Jerome Shannon (conductor,Dead Man Walking)

TICKETS START AT $29

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