The Hartford Opera Theatre Presents an Opera for All

(Credit: Hartford Opera Theater) The Tenderland will offer opportunities for people from the hard of hearing community to experience opera.

The Hartford Opera Theater will introduce Copeland’s “The Tender Land” this summer.

The main stage production includes music by Aaron Copeland and libretto by Horace Everett. Kristy Chambrelli will direct the performance, with the music conducted by Joseph Hodge. But the company has a big surprise for everyone.

As part of their “Opera Without Borders” initiative, the Hartford Opera Theater is partnering up with the American School for the Deaf, engaging a deaf actress to play the role of Beth Moss in the production.

The production will debut on Friday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m., and will be interpreted in American Sign Language. Meanwhile, during the Sunday matinee show, at 3:00 p.m., the company will have a touch tour and audio describe. “Communication” and “What it means to belong” are central themes throughout “The Tender Land.”

“The Tender Land” will include soprano Lisa Williamson as Laurie, who recently appeared in a “My Fair Lady in Concert” in the role of Eliza Doolittle. The rest of the cast will feature Janelle Robinson as Ma Moss, Robert Barefield as Pa Moss, Darius Gillard as Martin, Michael McAvoy as Top and Nikita Mallach as Beth.

Both performances will be at The Aetna Theatre at The Wadsworth Athenaeum.

About the Author

Katharine Baran
Katharine B. Baran is finishing up her senior year at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. Her major is Communications with a concentration in digital media. She’s an honors student and has made the Dean's List every semester. Anchoring the news at Terrier Television, along with being a contributor to the college newspaper has brought Katie much joy. She has been interested in music and the theatre since she was a young child and is happy to have the opportunity to converse with the talented performers of the opera community, and to share their stories.

1 Comment on "The Hartford Opera Theatre Presents an Opera for All"

  1. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. What an interesting way to bring new audiences to the opera.

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