Solo Opera to Present West Coast Premiere of ‘The Three Feathers’

By David Salazar

Solo Opera is set to present the West Coast premiere of Lori Laitman and Dana Gioia’s “The Three Feathers” this September.

The opera, which will bow at the Leshner Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California on Sept. 8 and 10, 2023, will star Eugene Brancoveanue, Kirk Eichelberger, and Shawnette Sulker in lead roles. They are joined by Hope Nelson, Samuel Faustine, Joseph Calzada*, Caleb Alexander, and Jonathan Spencer.

The production will be conducted by Alexander Katsman and directed by Sylvia Amorino.

“The Three Feathers” premiered in 2014 at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and has since appeared on the East Coast and even in Singapore. The opera is based on a fairytale by the Brothers Grimm that follows Princess Dora as she enters an enchanted Underworld ruled by the Frog King.

“We chose this opera, not only for its beautiful music and charming libretto, but for the important messages it shares about the power of women, believing in yourself, and finding real treasure in life. It is our hope that our audiences will leave with a gained understanding of these truths. The opera invites us to be more inclusive, open our hearts and minds, and work to connect with those who are different than us,” said Amorino in an official press statement.

*Editor’s Note: This article has been altered from its originally published form. In the original version, Andrew Fellows was a part of the cast. However, he has since been replaced by  Joseph Calzada and is no longer a part of the production. The remainder of the article remains unchanged.