North Carolina Opera to Stage World Premiere of ‘Family Secrets: Kith and Kin’

By David Salazar

The North Carolina Opera is set to present the world premiere staged production of “Family Secrets: Kith and Kin” by Daniel Thomas Davis. Performances are slated for Feb. 15-16, 2018 at the Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School.

The work was originally commissioned for soprano Andrea Edith Moore, who will star in the production. The opera features texts from seven internationally acclaimed Southern authors, including Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, Lee Smith, Frances Mayes, Michael Malone, Jeffery Beam, and Daniel Wallace.

The production will be directed by Francesca Talenti.

Per a press release, “Every place, from grand public building to old barn, holds a story. Through music, words, voice, folk art and visual imagery, Family Secrets reveals how places are resonant with beauty as well as mystery and explores how secrets, both big and small, define ourselves, our families, and a sense of place. Projected images by the photographer Elizabeth Matheson, and small-scale models of houses, barns and other structures placed throughout the stage create an imaginative set.”

The opera will be conducted by Vincent Povázsay and will also feature actor Jane Holding.