May 30 at 7:30pm
Boston University Theatre

Tickets: $20–$50

Run time: 90 minutes, including 20 min intermission

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From Britten to Weir, 12th-century Icelandic saga to Romantic tragedy, five rising stars of opera command the stage in the ultimate display of vocal prowess and charisma: solo drama. Works by five iconic British composers of the 20th and 21st centuries delve into the minds and souls of mythical and historical figures. Britten’s Phaedra explores the fate of the queen of Greek myth as reimagined in the 17th century by Racine. Bennett’s Ophelia inhabits the pale robes of Rimbaud’s tragic, waterborn maiden, while Berkeley’s Four Poems of St. Teresa of Avila set poetic spiritual raptures of the 16th-century Spanish mystic. Weir’s King Harald’s Saga is a microcosm of a three-act opera for unaccompanied soprano, chronicling the attempted Norwegian invasion of England in 1066. And Davies’s Eight Songs for a Mad King ricochets through the tortured mind of King George III in an extended, virtuosic mad scene that challenges perception and reality.

Lennox Berkeley: Four Poems of St. Teresa of Avila, op. 27

For contralto and strings
Featuring Stephanie Kacoyanis

Richard Rodney Bennett: Ophelia

Cantata for countertenor and ensemble
Featuring Martin Near

Benjamin Britten: Phaedra, op. 93

Cantata for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Featuring Erica Brookhyser

Judith Weir: King Harald’s Saga

Grand Opera in Three Acts for solo soprano
Featuring Elizabeth Keusch

Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight Songs for a Mad King, op. 39

Musical theatre work for male voice and ensemble
Featuring Thomas Meglioranza

Odyssey Opera Orchestra
Gil Rose, Conductor

“Weir’s score was, in truth, hard to separate from the riveting performance it received by soprano Elizabeth Keusch”

From Odyssey, big works in small packages
The Boston Globe

“particularly beautiful playing”

Odyssey’s Monodramas Gratify Greatly
The Boston Musical Intelligencer