Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD

Music by Daniel Schnyder / Libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly

Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD

World Premiere | American Repertoire Program
June 5, 7m, 10, 12, 14m, 2015 | Perelman Theater
Aurora Series for Chamber Opera

A bird's final flight.

In that empty twilight between life and death, tortured jazz soloist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons, and women who fueled his creative genius. Opera Philadelphia presents the World Premiere of this freeform expedition into the mind, heart, and personal purgatory of the bebop great. Lawrence Brownlee stars as the legendary saxophonist—a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of music’s most sought after tenors. Soprano Angela Brown mesmerizes as his mother, Addie Parker, and Will Liverman debuts as jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie. Set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, the opera is as uncompromising in its artistic vision as the “Yardbird” himself.


Perelman Theater
Part of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Performance Schedule:

Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 12, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

Estimated Running Time:

Approximately one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission


Performed in English with English supertitles

The Aurora Series is underwritten by the Wyncote Foundation.
The production of Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Fund.

World Premiere | American Repertoire Program