New York Opera Fest 2017: Vertical Player Repertory Closes Out Festival With ‘I Stand Alone’

(Credit: Vertical Player Repertory)

The Vertical Player Repertory closes out the 2017 edition of the New York Opera Fest with a production of “I Stand Alone: Three Monodramas.”

The production will showcase the female voice in three separate pieces that include “Knoxville, Summer of 1915” by Samuel Barber and James Agee, “Tesla’s Pigeon” by Melissa Dunphy, and finally “Phaedra” by Benjamin Britten and Robert Lowell.

The performers featured include Elise Brancheau, Chelsea Feltman (both sopranos) and mezzo Judith Barnes. Doug Han will play piano while Brian Sanders appears on cello. Steven Witting directs the production. Costuming for Phaedra will be by Irena Romendik.

According to the press release, “The staging takes us from the calm embrace of a family gathered at dusk in Knoxville, a dusk that is suffused with a child’s unanswerable questions, through the turbulent night and dawn that Tesla and his dove share on her last day on earth, and lastly to a brilliant noon in Athens, brutal in its clarity and Phaedra’s arrival at a devastating self-knowledge.”

The performance will be featured at 219 Court Street in Brooklyn.


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