Jay Stepehenson Releases New Opera ‘Beethoven’s Wrong Note’

By Afton Wooten

Baritone Jay Stephenson’s original steampunk opera, “Beethoven’s Wrong Note” is set to make its world premiere.

“Beethoven’s Wrong Note” features the music of Beethoven transcribed for modern rock instruments, with lyrics based on Stephenson’s book. The story is set in a “proto-Steampunk” era and follows the imagined tale of a final ill-fated piano dress rehearsal.

Jay Kamen directs and James Higgins serves as musical director. Casting will be announced at a later date.

Stephenson, who is based in New York has performed leading opera roles such as Don Alfonso, Enrico, Falke, Germont, Gianni Schicchi, Gobineau, Guglielmo, Leoporello, and Papageno. His solo concert work includes “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, and Durufle’s “Requiem,” Op. 9.

The Strollers present Stephenson’s new opera at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts from May 9 – 19.