ABOUT THE SHOWCASE
The Opera 901 Showcase features a series of short, original operas commissioned by Opera Memphis and all set in Memphis. In a city rich with history and eccentric characters, operatic material is everywhere. Each opera follows a different set of characters, ranging from well-known in Memphis' collective consciousness to obscure incidents that will have you saying "Did that really happen in Memphis?"
Get a ticket to the Showcase, and you'll see all of these operas! They will be performed back to back-to-back, much like our 2014 performances of Ghosts of Crosstown, and guests can expect a total performance time of about ninety minutes.
This performance contains Adult language and themes.
The operas of the Opera901 Showcase received funding from OPERA America's Opera Fund.
About the OPERAS
Listed here in no particular order
A woman comes to town carrying the ashes of her recently deceased father. His dying wish was that his remains be scattered in the Mississippi at Memphis, a place she only knows as the home he left.
Kayfabe: A Wrasslin' Opera
It's a rock opera about Memphis wrasslin' in the 80's... really. Our hero, The Face, is getting too old for the wrasslin' spotlight, but maybe one last match with The Heel will silence his demons forever.
Welcome to Grc Lnd 2030: The Demo
Welcome to Grc Lnd 2030: The Demo is an operatic take on Marco Pavé's latest album. In the year 2030, Yellow Fever has returned to ravage the black community in Grc Lnd (a city very much like Memphis). When the stakes are higher than ever, will we see a new Civil Rights Movement?
This performance features selections from an opera-in-development.
Marco Pavé Composer, Librettist, Kriner Armstrong, & Derek Clark
Shawnette Sulker Tabitha Thompson & Alicia Williams
Stephen Len White Mayor Jim Crowland & CEO Ted White
A Pretty Little Room
Alice Mitchell has just arrived at Western State Hospital for the Insane in Bolivar, Tennessee. It is her sentence for a crime that captivated national attention: the 1892 murder of her former lover, Freda Ward, in Memphis.
Movin' Up in the World
Movin' Up in the World was premiered as part of 2014's Ghosts of Crosstown. Set on the evening before Martin Luther King Jr's assasination, an elevator operator in the old Sears Building gives his replacement some advice on life, work, and how to handle their primarily white passengers.