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Elizabeth Cree

World Premiere
Music by Kevin Puts
Libretto by Mark Campbell
Based on the novel The Trial of Elizabeth Cree by Peter Ackroyd
American Repertoire Program
Performed in English with English supertitles

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, the team behind the acclaimed Silent Night, return to Opera Philadelphia for the world premiere of a chamber opera based on Peter Ackroyd's "downright exhilarating" (LA Times) novel, The Trial of Elizabeth Cree. Set in London in the 1880s, this highly suspenseful and theatrical opera interweaves several narratives: the trial of the titular heroine for the poisoning of her husband; a series of brutal murders committed by a Jack the Ripper-style killer; the spirited world of an English music hall; and, finally, some “guest appearances” by luminaries from the Victorian Age. Elizabeth Cree is a work that combines the factual with the fictive and the historical with the imaginary.

MapPerelman Theater

Dates are Sept. 2017.

Thu, Sep 14 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 16 2:30 p.m.
Tue, Sep 19 8:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 21 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 23 2:30 p.m.

Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission

Major support for Elizabeth Cree has been provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Production underwritten by the Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Frederick R. Haas.

Commissioning support provided by Constance and Michael Cone.

Additional production support provided by Ady L. Djerassi, M.D., and Robert Golub, M.D.

Co-commissioned and co-produced with Hackney Empire. Co-produced with Chicago Opera Theater.

Kevin Puts & Mark Campbell

Composer & Librettist

Kevin Puts & Mark Campbell

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his debut opera Silent Night, Kevin Puts has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation. Critically acclaimed for a richly colored, harmonic, and freshly melodic musical voice that has also been described as “emotional, compelling, and relevant,” his works, which include two operas, four symphonies, and several concertos, have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists throughout the world. Learn more about Kevin Puts.

Mark Campbell’s work as a librettist is at the forefront of this country’s current boon in contemporary opera. The fifteen plus librettos he has written—and the five new operas he premieres in 2017—demonstrate a versatility in subject matter, style, and tone, an adeptness at creating successful work for both large and intimate venues. Learn more about Mark Campbell.

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
David Schweizer
David Schweizer *Director
Daniela Mack
Daniela Mack *as Elizabeth Cree
Troy Cook
Troy Cookas John Cree
Joseph Gaines
Joseph Gainesas Dan Leno
Daniel Belcher
Daniel Belcheras Inspector Kildare
Deanna Breiwick
Deanna Breiwick *as Aveline Mortimer
Matt Boehler
Matt Boehler *as Uncle
Melissa Parks
Melissa Parksas Doris
Jason Ferrante
Jason Ferranteas Little Victor Farrell
Johnathan McCullough
Johnathan McCulloughas Mr. Greatorex, George Gissing, Etcher
Thomas Shivone
Thomas Shivoneas Mr. Lister, Karl Marx, Voiceover, Soloman Weil
Maren Montalbano
Maren Montalbanoas Jane Quig, Annie the Serving Girl
Daniel Taylor
Daniel Tayloras Priest, Librarian, Mr. Gerrard
  • David Zinn * Set and Costume Design
  • Alexander V. Nichols * Lighting & Projection Design
  • Darrel Maloney * Projection Design
  • Geoffrey McDonald Assistant Conductor
  • Dylan Evans * Assistant Director
  • Janet Neukirchner Stage Manager
  • Sara Prince Assistant Stage Manager
  • Brandon Ehrenreich Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
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