Tracy Cox & Troy Cook Headline Victory Hall Opera’s World Premiere of ‘Fat Pig’

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Victory Hall Opera official website)

The Victory Hall Opera has announced the upcoming world premiere of Matt Boehler and Miriam Gordon-Stewart’s chamber opera “Fat Pig.”

The opera, which features a libretto is based on the play by Neil LaBute, stars Tracy Cox in the role of Helen, Troy Cook as Tom, Will Ferguson as Carter, and Sarah Wolfson as Jeannie. Kathleen Kelly conducts a production by Miriam Gordon-Stewart.

“Neil LaBute’s play depicts misogyny in a fly-on-the-wall, unedited way. In writing the libretto, I wanted to preserve his unique style, while giving the female characters context for their choices. I see this as a feminist adaptation; one that incorporates my own response to the play, and my personal insight into both female characters,” said Director and librettist Miriam Gordon-Stewart.

“As the first opera to explicitly center a fat woman as the romantic lead, ‘Fat Pig’ is a historic thing in our industry. Giving dramatic sopranos a role where their body is both celebrated and invited is really meaningful,” said soprano Tracy Cox of the production.

“Fat Pig” will be presented on Jan. 22 & 27, 2022.