The Crypt Sessions To Preview Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s ‘Elizabeth Cree’

By Francisco Salazar

The Crypt Sessions Season 2 continues on May 31, 2017, with a preview of “Elizabeth Cree.”

The new work was composed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell and is slated to have its world premiere Sept. 14, 2017, as part of Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural fall festival.  Puts will accompany mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, who will create the title role of Elizabeth Cree, and tenor Joseph Gaines, who will play Music Hall star Dan Leno. The night will also include songs by Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc and Henry Purcell.

There will also be a pre-concert reception with Magnvm Opvs hosting a tasting of wines specially chosen to suit the music of that evening’s concert. Ward 8 Events will provide hors d’oeuvres similarly tailored to the wine and the performance.

“Elizbeth Cree” is based on the novel “The Trial of Elizabeth Cree” by Peter Ackroyd, and is co-commissioned and co-produced by Opera Philadelphia and Hackney Empire and co-produced with Chicago Opera Theater.

The next new Crypt Sessions performance will be announced directly following the preceding concert.