A Coffin in Egypt

Music by Ricky Ian Gordon / Libretto by Leonard Foglia

A Coffin in Egypt

East Coast Premiere | American Repertoire Program
June 6, 8m, 11, 13, 15m, 2014 | Perelman Theater
Aurora Series for Chamber Opera

Some things you just can’t bury.

90-year-old grand dame Myrtle Bledsoe has outlived her husband, her daughters and virtually everyone else in Egypt, Texas. But in the last stage of her life, she can’t outlive the truth. Opera Philadelphia proudly presents the East Coast Premiere of this haunting tale of memory and murder, racism and recrimination. Known for opera, art song , and musical theater, composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist/director Leonard Foglia base the opera on a play by Horton Foote, providing the perfect showcase for beloved mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. Making her Opera Philadelphia debut, von Stade’s formidable bravura has won her wide acclaim, including being called “one of America’s finest artists and singers” by The New York Times.

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

Performance Schedule:

Friday, June 6, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

Estimated Running Time:

Approximately 70 minutes with no intermission


Performed in English with English supertitles

The Aurora Series is underwritten by the Wyncote Foundation.
Production underwritten in part by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

A Coffin in Egypt
A Chamber Opera in One Act
Based on A Coffin in Egypt, a play by Horton Foote
Commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Premiered by the Houston Grand Opera in March, 2014
Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts