‘Lucy,’ Opera Based on Chimpanzee Experiments, To Be Released This April

Back in the 1960s, a psychotherapist brought a chimpanzee to live in with his families. His experiences inspired an opera called “Lucy,” a monodrama for Baritone and orchestra.

Now audiences will get a chance to listen to the world premiere of that work, which took place in Milwaukee in 2014 as a recording will be released on April 7. Moreover, the opera’s East Coast Premiere is slated for April 1 at the Urban Arias at the Atlas Performance Arts Center in Washington, D.C. There will be three additional performances on April 2, 7 and 8.

The opera, which was composed by John Glover with a libretto by Kelley Rourke, stars Andrew Wilkowske in the lead role with Glover conducting the REDSHIFT Ensemble. Listeners will also have access to an interview with Robert Ingersoll on the recording. Ingersoll is a former employee of the Institute for Primate Studies who had a chance to interact with Lucy and other cross-fostered chimps.

The recording will be released via New Focus Recordings.

For those interested in the work, here is a brief clip from the World Premiere performances.


Lucy (excerpt): Completely At Home from John Glover on Vimeo.

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Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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