North Carolina Opera To Perform World Premiere Staging Of ‘Family Secrets: Kith And Kin’

By Francisco Salazar

On Feb. 15 and 16, 2018, North Carolina Opera presents the world premiere staged production of “Family Secrets: Kith and Kin” by composer Daniel Thomas Davis.

The work, which was commissioned for soprano Andrea Edith Moore, who is also the featured performer, brings together original music by Davis, and newly commissioned texts from seven internationally acclaimed Southern authors (Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, Lee Smith, Frances Mayes, Michael Malone, Jeffery Beam and Daniel Wallace), with design and direction by Francesca Talenti.

The work will move through numerous spaces from grand public building to an old barn, holds a story with projected images by the photographer Elizabeth Matheson, and small-scale models of houses, barns and other structures placed throughout the stage to create an imaginative set curated from the world’s largest private Folk Art Buildings Collection. Soprano Moore and actor Jane Holding move through this space as they embody the various characters in these connected tales.

This will be the first staging of the work, which had its first concert version performed by the University of North Carolina in 2015.
The work will be featured at the Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School.