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Virtual Opera Screening: The Golden Ass & Libretto
January 23 @ 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.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT