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Virtual Opera Screening: The Golden Ass & Libretto

January 23, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

Virtual Opera Screening

The Golden Ass by Tiffany M. Skidmore (a past Jfund and McKnight winner)

Libretto by Patrick Gallagher, Apuleius, and C’hu Yuan

Featuring Quince Vocal Ensemble, Carrie Henneman Shaw, Psyche, Elizabeth Pearse, Venus, Anna Elder, Chorus, Kayleigh Butcher, Chorus

Adam Zahller, Cupid/Chorus, Justin Anthony Spenner, Father/Cupid, Anthony R Green, Cello, Joey Crane, Cello

Betsy McCann, Conductor, Joey Crane, Stage Director, Michael Duffy, Live Mixing/Tech

The Golden Ass is a modern setting of the Cupid and Psyche myth that focuses primarily on the relationship between Psyche and her jealous mother-in-law, Venus, and both their relationships to society. Psyche is a dissociating young girl (in no stars), a reluctant new bride (in shuangxi or “double happiness”), and both the daughter of one man and the wife of another who no longer value their partners as their partners begin to age (grow old). Venus encapsulates her own concerns about aging and the fear of being supplanted by a younger, more “viable” woman in mais mes mains (or “but my hands”). Society watches Psyche’s life unfold—at times silently failing to speak on her behalf, while at other times, amplifying the malignant voices that surround her.

WATCH on YouTube on Saturday, January 23, 2021, 7:30PM CST.