A Coffin in Egypt

A Coffin in Egypt
Photograph: Courtesy Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Whether you're a lifelong opera devotee or simply itching to spend an evening more elegant than the typical bar crawl, this might be just your cup of theatrical tea. With music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by director Leonard Foglia, this haunting new opera chronicles 90-year-old grand dame Myrtle Bledsoe, who has managed to outlive her husband, daughters and almost everyone else in her town of Egypt, Texas, yet cannot seem to outlive the truth. Co-produced with the Houston Grand Opera and Opera Philadelphia, the Wallis hosts A Coffin in Egypt for its three-performance West Coast premiere. The work is based on a play by Horton Foote, and as an opera, provides the ideal showcase for mezzo-soprano extraordinaire, Frederica von Stade. The admission prices are lofty, but so are the voices. Book your tickets online here.

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