Chicago Opera Theater's A Coffin in Egypt | Harris Theater | Classical, Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., April 25, 7:30 p.m., Wed., April 29, 7:30 p.m., Fri., May 1, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., May 3, 3 p.m. 2015
Price: $35-$125
The source material for this 80-minute opera is Horton Foote's great play A Coffin in Egypt, a near monologue that consists entirely and compellingly of the reminiscences of a 90-year-old woman in Egypt, Texas. Composer Ricky Ian Gordon (whose Orpheus & Euridice, produced in a swimming pool, was a recent success) and librettist Leonard Foglia (who directed a major production of the Foote play) wrote it with veteran mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade in mind. This Chicago Opera Theater production features von Stade in the role tailored for her, along with a locally cast gospel quartet of operatically trained singers. It's directed by Foglia and conducted by Emanuele Andrizzi. —Deanna Isaacs



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