New York City Opera & Festival Napa Valley Partner for World Premiere of ‘Goodbye, Mr. Chips’

By Logan Martell

On March 2, 2022, New York City Opera and Festival Napa Valley will co-present the world premiere of Gordon Getty’s new opera “Goodbye, Mr. Chips.”

This new work is based on the 1934 novella of the same name, along with other works by James Hilton. The story follows a teacher at Brookfield, an English boarding school to which Mr. Chips dedicates most of his adult life, with themes of love, loss, and learning.

Originally planned as a fully-staged production, the work was reimagined as a film in the wake of Covid-related cancellations. The film, directed by Brian Staufenbiel, was shot on a live set in San Francisco while the boys were captured as projections in New York City, with the main cast, orchestra, and chorus all being recorded separately.

The cast features Nathan Granner in the title role, with Marnie Breckenridge as Kathie and Linford, Lester Lynch as Merrivale, and Kevin Short as Ralston and Rivers. The orchestra of San Francisco Bay Area Players is conducted by Nicole Paiement, with members of The Young People’s Chorus of New York City conducted by Francisco J. Nunez.

The premiere will be held at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City’s Lincoln Center.