Myrtle Bledsoe is at the end of her life in Egypt, Texas, trying to face her past and deciding whether or not her life was well–lived. In her earlier years, she represented the bigoted rich of Texas, but also seemed to have a sense of injustice. In order to escape her neglectful, adulterous husband, she travelled to New York, London, Paris, Rome, and the real Egypt with her two daughters. When the money runs out during the Great Depression, Myrtle is forced to come back to her husband’s plantation, where she outlives him and her two daughters and is left alone to resolve old conflicts and reflect on her life. We watch Myrtle as she struggles to find peace at the end of her life, a universal struggle that all must face sooner or later.

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
Horton Foote's dramatic stage play A Coffin in Egypt, upon which the opera is based, is owned by Sunday Rock Corporation
Audio excerpts courtesy of Houston Grand Opera