Troupe to premiere "Angels"

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The Boston Globe
Richard Dyer
February 17, 2006

The centerpiece of Opera Unlimited's 2006 festival will be the first North American performance of Peter Eotvos's Angels in America, an opera based on the award-winning play by Tony Kushner. The opera was premiered at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris in 2004, and there was a subsequent production in Hamburg. There will be four performances in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts June 16-20.

Gil Rose conducts and Steven Maler, artistic director of Commonwealth Shakespeare and vice president for the artistic programming at the Wang Center, will direct. Casting is not yet complete, but baritone Tom Meglioranza will appear as Prior Walter and soprano Anne Harley will sing Harper Pitt. Both are veterans of Opera Boston's production of John Adams' Nixon in China.

Opera Unlimited is a festival of chamber opera collaboratively produced by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Opera Boston. The first festival was in 2003 and brought the local premiere of Thomas Ades' Powder Her Face and the first performances of operas by Elena Ruehr and Daniel Pinkham. There will be another opera in the 2005 festival (but negotiations for the rights are not yet complete), as well as a schedule of related concerts, recitals, talks, and discussions.

-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

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