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Little Women

an opera by Mark Adamo

A delightful 1998 opera based on the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott about four New England sisters

University Opera Theatre

University Philharmonia Orchestra

Mendelssohn Theatre

March 24 - 27, 2011


Overview

The Story:   Adapted from the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women is more than a poignant coming-of-age tale that has beguiled audiences for over a century. The four inseparable March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – are devoted to each other and the warm cozy home they share with their parents. Unfortunately, childhood doesn’t last forever and growing up ultimately means growing apart. Unwilling to accept the change, Jo does everything she can to stem the passage of time – even leaving home. But when Beth’s illness brings her racing home to transformation beyond recall, Jo must reconcile her childish wishes with the mature twists in her own life.

Background:   Acclaimed by The New Yorker critic Alex Ross as “one of the best opera composers of the moment,” composer-librettist Mark Adamo achieved unprecedented success with his first opera Little Women. Premiered by the Houston Grand Opera in 1998, Little Women has become one of the top ten performed operas nationally and internationally with fifty-five different productions. His latest commission is for the San Francisco Opera, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, set to premiere in June 2013. The Los Angeles Times declared Little Women “A strong poetic text married to music of charm and tunefulness...a joy in every way.” Filled with vivacious music, wit, and charm, Little Women is an engaging opera that evokes our own wishes to freeze moments in time.

 

Cast

 

March 24 & 26, 2011

March 25 & 27, 2011

Jo March

Kristin Eder

Elizabeth Lenz

Laurie

Kevin Newell

Kyle Stegall

Meg March

Christine Reinard

Emily Goodwin

Beth March

Elise Turner

Kelly Hedgspeth

Amy March

Mary Martin

Amy Petrongelli

John Brooke

Carl Frank

Steven Eddy

Cecilia March

Amanda Cantu

Sarah Davis

Alma March

Sarah Batts

Maureen Ferguson

Friedrich Bhaer

Nicholas Ward

Brandon Grimes

Gideon March

Brian Rosenblum

Ben Sieverding

     

Mr. Dashwood

Glenn Ellington

 

Spirits

Sarah Voice,

Stephanie Hradsky, Nadya Hill,

Jayme Kelmigian

 

 

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Artistic Staff

Director Robert Swedberg
Conductor Christopher Lees
Scenic Designer Corey Lubowich
Costume Designer Corey Davis
Lighting Designer Sarah Petty
Wig Designer Erin Kennedy Lunsford
Stage Manager

Jordan Braun


Resources

Mark Adamo's Website

Listen to music samples from G. Schirmer

An article on a new book by UM Alum Kelly McNees on Louisa May Alcott - The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

Order The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott

American Masters (PBS) - Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women'


Photos

Click here to view photos from Little Women


Program


Sponsor

Media Sponsor

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower

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