Saturday, July 2, 2016 was a magical day indeed! The Boston weather was sunny with a warm breeze, so perfect for an outdoor opera concert.
At 2PM at Peace field, part of Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, almost 500 people gathered on Beale Lawn to share in the world premiere based on the passionate and poignant letters exchanged between John and Abigail Adams – from their courtship, to events surrounding the American Revolution to Abigail’a death.
At times throughout the performance, the atmosphere was almost paranormal; John (Charles Taylor, Baritone) and Abigail (Wendy Bryn Harmer, soprano) were singing of domestic life in Braintree (now Quincy) as audiences were entreanched in this very history. From the stage, we all could see the Adamses’ Old House on the hill in the distance. It made the story ever more real because the opera was taking place where these two people actually lived! And it was as if John and Abigail were there, waiting patiently for all of us to arrive and to hear their love story.
It was my distinct honor to bring these extraordinary people to life through music, and it is my hope that a new historical movement will create a greater awareness for the Adams family and their proper place in history!
The development of My Dearest Friend received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Partial funding for this free live event was provided by the Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund.