Opera Philadelphia

Beecher/Moscovitch

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Sky on Swings

World Premiere
Music by Lembit Beecher
Libretto by Hannah Moscovitch
American Repertoire Program
Performed in English with English supertitles

Part of  O18

Lembit Beecher's music is "hauntingly lovely and deeply personal."—San Francisco Chronicle

Frederica von Stade is "one of America's finest artists and singers."—The New York Times

Is there any grace in forgetting? Don’t miss the next new work brought to life at Opera Philadelphia, one of “the most creative and ambitious companies in this country” (The New York Times). This new chamber opera finds fleeting beauty in memory loss through an unflinching yet uplifting exploration of living with Alzheimer’s disease. Frederica von Stade and Marietta Simpson embody this fantastical world premiere from composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch.

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Thu, Sep 20 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 22 1:30 p.m.
Tue, Sep 25 8:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 27 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 29 1:30 p.m.

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The running time is approximately one hour and 18 minutes with no intermission.

Aurora productions in the Perelman Theater are underwritten, in part, by the Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Frederick R. Haas. Additional production support received by the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for New Opera.

Cast & Creative Team

Marietta Simpson
Marietta Simpsonas Martha
Daniel Taylor
Daniel Tayloras Ira
Sharleen Joynt
Sharleen Joynt *as Winnie
Veronica Chapman-Smith
Veronica Chapman-Smithas Elder #1
Maren Montalbano
Maren Montalbanoas Elder #2
George Somerville
George Somervilleas Elder #3
Frank Mitchell
Frank Mitchellas Elder #4 & Administrator
  • Andrew Lieberman Set Design
  • Tilly Grimes * Costume Design
  • Jorge Cousineau Projection Design
  • Pat Collins Lighting Design
  • Daniel Perelstein Sound Design
  • Kate Bergstrom * Assistant Director
  • Lisa Anderson Production Stage Manager
  • Brandon Ehrenreich Assistant Stage Manager
  • Tracy Hofmann Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Lembit Beecher & Hannah Moscovitch

The Composer

Lembit Beecher & Hannah Moscovitch

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “hauntingly lovely and deeply personal,” Lembit Beecher’s music combines alluring textures and vividly imaginative instrumental colors with a striking emotional immediacy. Learn more about Lembit Beecher.

Hannah Moscovitch is considered one of the strongest playwriting voices in Canada. Her work has won multiple awards, most recently the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Literature. Learn more about Hannah Moscovitch.

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