UrbanArias presents a new production of the Hagen-Muldoon opera Shining Brow at the Paul Sprenger Theatre of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. This new production has been dubbed the Usonian Version. It reinstates choruses and other material previously excised by the composer for the Fallingwater Version staged (by director Jonathan Eaton and conductor Robert Frankenberry) and toured last season by Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Two other versions of the opera exist: the original opera house version commissioned and premiered by the Madison Opera, and a reduced orchestration for Chicago Opera Theater suitable for smaller houses.
UrbanArias describes their new, composer-sanctioned production as follows: “What justifies narcissism? Genius? If you’re brilliant, should society give your bad behavior a pass? SHINING BROW explores the early career of celebrity architect Frank Lloyd Wright, his adulterous affair with Mamah Cheney, and the consequences of his enormous self-regard. Of the premiere, The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Hagen has a gift for the big tune, and he serves up some beauties…” Join us for an evening of gorgeous music and a fascinating psychological portrait of one of America’s greatest minds.
Robert Wood, Artistic and Executive Director of Urban Arias, has announced the cast:
- Wright: Sidney Outlaw
- Catherine: Rebecca Ringle
- Mamah: Miriam Kahlil
- Edwin: Calvin Griffin
- Sullivan: Robert Baker
Event description by Daron Hagen.
Performances take place October 14 – 15, 20 – 21
Source: SHINING BROW — Daron Hagen