Opera Philadelphia To Present World Premiere Of ‘Let me Die’

By Francisco Salazar

“Let Me Die” is set to make is set its world premiere during the O19 festival at Opera Philadelphia’s annual season-opening festival.

The work will be presented in partnership with FringeArts as part of Philadelphia’s 2019 Fringe Festival and will be a genre-bending new performance piece that showcases its creator, Joseph Keckler. “Let Me Die” will intersperse famous operatic death scenes with original video and Keckler’s own signature brand of comedic storytelling.

Keckler noted in a press release, “Well, there are a lot of old chestnuts, a lot of favorites, a lot of greatest hits in there. … We’re going into weird corners of the repertoire to pull out certain moments as well. … The scenes are alternately – or sometimes simultaneously – sublime and absurd. That’s my jam.”

Keckler will reunite with dramaturg and director Elizabeth Gimbel and will be joined on stage by soprano Veronica Chapman-Smith, countertenor Darius Elmore, and mezzo-soprano Natalie Levin.

The work is set to open on Sept. 21 and runs through the 28, 2019.