Woman with Eyes Closed
Music by Jennifer Higdon
Libretto by Jerre Dye
Performed in English with English supertitles
Part of Festival O20
Postponed to September 2021
A mysterious suitcase filled with stolen masterpieces lands in Mona’s hands, among them a Lucian Freud portrait of a woman with her eyes closed. As the painting stirs up long-buried memories and emotions, Mona grapples with whether to save her son—the thief—or the priceless paintings.
Inspired by a real-life art heist, this world premiere from award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon (Cold Mountain), starring contralto Meredith Arwady, delves into cycles of family trauma and the value of art.
WATCH: Composer Jennifer Higdon, librettist Jerre Dye, and director Christian Räth talk about the creation of Woman with Eyes Closed in "Opera Walks into a Bar."
Approximately 80 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, and by Mr. Allen D. Black and Mr. R. Randolph Apgar.
The commissioning of Jennifer Higdon for Woman with Eyes Closed received funding from OPERA America's Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
Cast & Creative Team
- Leslie Travers Scenic and Costume Design
- Thomas C. Hase Lighting Design
- Christopher Ash * Projection Design
- *Opera Philadelphia debut