Opera Premiere Afterglow!

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The July 2, 2016 premiere of my new opera My Dearest Friend was a magical day for sure! The outdoor performance was presented at the actual grounds of President John Adams and his wife Abigail; Peacefield – the Adams Family estate in Quincy, MA made for an almost supernatural backdrop for my opera. Thoughtfully directed by Tony Award nominee Maureen Brennan, soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer did an outstanding job as “Abigail,” and Charles Taylor made for an authentic and emotional “John Adams.” Led by spectacular conductor Sean Newhouse, the orchestra was comprised of Boston’s  top caliber of professional musicians. Colonial costumes were provided by Kim Welborn.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the 400+ audience members, young and old, who came to Peacefield to enjoy this historic and patriotic opera. Adams National Historical Park’s Deputy Superintendent Caroline Keinath made opening remarks before the opera, and asked the audience to raise their hands if it was their first time visiting Peacefield. Most of the audience raised their hands. It was a wonderful moment for Caroline to have so many newcomers to the Adams Family home! Caroline then spoke about John and Abigail’s critical roles in the American Revolution and their personal sacrifices; her moving speech certainly inspired a new crop of tourists to Peacefield!

I am excited to report that My Dearest Friend will have a future life in 2017, so please stay tuned for more details!

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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.

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