Wallis Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts
9390 N Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA
Music by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto and Direction by Leonard Foglia
Based on a play by Horton Foote
A co-production with the Houston Grand Opera and Opera Philadelphia
90-year-old grand dame Myrtle Bledsoe has outlived her husband, her daughters and virtually everyone else in Egypt, Texas. But in the last stage of her life, she can’t outlive the truth. The Wallis presents the West Coast Premiere of this haunting tale of memory and murder, racism and recrimination. Known for opera and musical theater, composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist/director Leonard Foglia based their chamber opera on a play by Horton Foote, providing the perfect showcase for beloved mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. Von Stade’s formidable bravura has won her wide acclaim, including being called “one of America’s finest artists and singers” by The New York Times.