Chicago Opera Theater with Music of Rememberance Presents BEFORE IT ALL GOES DARK — Preview

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Music of Remembrance BEFORE IT ALL GOES DARK
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A spokesperson describes the event as follows:

"...This one-act opera is the organization’s fifth commission of composer Jake Heggie and his 21st collaboration with librettist Gene Scheer. The plot is based on the compelling true story of Gerald “Mac” McDonald, a gravely ill and deeply troubled Vietnam War veteran, which was first reported by Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune. Mac grew up poor, angry, and disenfranchised in the suburbs of Chicago, his family’s Jewish ancestry hidden from him – until Reich tracked him down as part of an investigation inspired by his own family’s experiences during the Holocaust. When Mac learned that he was heir to a priceless art collection stolen by the Nazis, the two men embarked on a quest to Eastern Europe to uncover secrets of the past..."


Before It All Goes Dark
World Premiere Opera

Composer: Jake Heggie

Librettist: Gene Scheer

Conductor: Joseph Mechavich

Director: Erich Parce

Mac: Ryan McKinny

Sally/Misha/Emil: Megan Marino

Chamber Ensemble: Demarre McGill, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Eric Han, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Jessica Choe, piano


Saturday, May 25, 2024 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, May 26, 2024 @ 3pm

In collaboration with Chicago Opera Theater
Studebaker Theater (410 South Michigan Avenue)
Chicago, Illinois



For tickets visit the Chicago Opera Theater website


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