WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020, 7:30 P.M.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020, 7:30 P.M.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020, 7:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

Tickets: Free (reservations required)
Location:  Warner Concert Hall

barbershop quartet, mermaid, prairie dogs, and a young girl
image by Steven Mentzer

World Premiere

Music by Rachel J. Peters
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Directed by Christopher Mirto
Conducted by Joseph Hodge

CONTENT WARNING: This production contains themes intended for a mature audience, including sexual content and stylized violence.

Quirky and darkly comic, The Wild Beast of the Bungalow follows an 11-year-old girl through a triptych of short operas. In “Mermaid in the Jar,” she begins a reign of terror over a most unwelcome living gift. The girl divorces her real parents in “Prairie Dogs” and creates her own taxidermied prairie dog family, only to find that they are not the affectionate substitutes she’d hoped for. Finally, in “Fine and Dandy,” she is quarantined in her room, facing forces she cannot control: the Fine and Dandies, a barbershop quartet of chicken pox, and her mother’s own ’60s-style girl group of illness, the Shingles.

Each performance is followed by a talk-back with various members of the artistic staff, student performers, and the creative team.

The Wild Beast of the Bungalow is the inaugural work presented by the Oberlin Opera Commissioning Project, made possible by Elizabeth and Justus ’71 Schlichting. 

The January 29 performance is sponsored by Cleveland Opera Theater as part of  {NOW} Fest '20.


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