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Aesopera

musicals and operas · southern california lyric theater · Ages 12+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States

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ÆSOPERA

Love! War! Gods! Frogs!
Tragedy strikes and comedy ensues in five mini-chamber operas based on Aesop’s Fables.

WEEKEND GUIDE TO HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL – June 29, 2013
BLOUIN ARTINFO – International Edition

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jordan Riefe
The Hollywood Fringe Festival wraps up this weekend after painting the town with two and a half weeks of outrageous theater, music, spectacle, and monologues. Saturday night’s best bet is “AESOPERA,” (also Sunday @ 1:30pm Ed.)five mini-operas based on Aesops fables sung with a comic twist." http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/922713/weekend-guide-to-the-hollywood-fringe-festival

“elegant staging highlights Price’s lush music and the intriguing emotions of its stories”
—-Musicals in LA

“Fresh and innovative, this creative rendering of Aesop’s timeless insights is a joyous fusion of operatic traditions, modern situations and everyday lingo.”
—-Singerpreneur

“Aesopera is sure to appeal to opera lovers and novices, of every generation, with its amazing, inspiring lyrics and grand drama.”
—-Tolucan Times

“truly original and blithely entertaining”
—-Lauris List

“You don’t have to be an opera aficionado to enjoy Aesopera”
—-Tolucan Times

Music by Jonathan Price
Libretti by Jeff Goode
Jan Michael Alejandro, and the Composer

Running Time: 76 minutes
SYNOPSIS:
A poor fisherman is granted three wishes, but that may not be enough for two daughters. A lion sacrifices his claws for love. A queen learns the consequence of absolute power misapplied, an inventor tries to outwit fate, and amphibian voters elect themselves a carnivorous queen! Set in mythic Greece, but touched with a modern flair, these lush and lyrical mini-operas bring the timeless stories to vibrant life.

production team

alison kalmus *
producer, artistic director
kirk smith *
director, artistic design
elyse cook *
admin. director, various
miguel vargas *
various/auditions
leonardo sciolis *
music director
jeff goode *
librettist
chad parker *
technical manager
jonathan price *
composer/librettist
olivia o'neill *
stage manager

* Fringe Veteran