Composers Now Will Revive Felix Jarrar’s ‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher

By Francisco Salazar

Composers Now will perform a full production of “Lady Madeline’s Mad Scene” from “The Fall of the House of Usher,” a chamber opera in four scenes with a score and libretto by Felix Jarrar, based on the eponymous Edgar Allan Poe story.

The work is Jarrar’s second opera, which premiered in 2016 to great commercial and critical success and toured off-Broadway at The DiMenna Center last April, will return to the stage on Jan. 30 2018, at the Jazz Gallery in New York. The performance will mark the first revival of the original production since the premiere production’s initial tour.

The presentation of the finale from “The Fall of the House of Usher” speaks to the broad spectrum of performances of works by living composers in concert halls, jazz, and experimental spaces, opera stages, conservatories, museums, and other musical venues that Composers Now features.

The opening concert will also feature music by other leading composers of today and musicians from Face the Music, among others. Brittany Goodwin directs the revival while Petra Jarrar will serve as the assistant director.