Bucks County Herald

ArtYard presents opera and film based on short story

ArtYard presents the world premiere of a one-act chamber opera, “In a Grove,” with music and libretto by Richard McIntyre.

The opera performances June 9 and 10, will be followed by a screening of Akira Kurosawa’s classic 1950 film, “Rashomon.”

Both works are based on a short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, first published in 1922.

“In a Grove’ and “Rashomon” are meditations on subjectivity, innocence, empathy and guilt, presenting the narrative of a fatal crime in the testimony of several witnesses whose differing stories make the truth impossible to discern.

The opera will be staged by Walter MacNicoll of The Opera Project, with costumes, scenery and lighting provided by ArtYard’s staff.

The music includes solo, duet and full ensemble passages sung by a professional cast featuring treble singer Janki Namboodiripad, tenor John Villemaire, bass James Ofalt, mezzo-soprano Susan Rheingans, baritone John Andrew Fernandez, and soprano Alejandra Garrido.

A number of these singers are also regular performers with The Opera Project. The accompaniment is scored for a trio of flute, marimba and cello, performed by Andrea Maurer, Andrew Bambridge and Peter Lewy.

Performances take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, at ArtYard’s theater, 62A Trenton Ave., Frenchtown, N.J. Tickets are available at artyard.org.


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