Bre’r Rabbit from Tales From the Briar Patch and Companionship
Two delightful new short operas in one performance! Bre’r Rabbit, from composer Nkeiru Okoye and librettist Carman Moore, reboots a classic tale in a work infused with jazz and gospel stylings, while paying tribute to the African tradition of storytelling. Madame Partridge and her sassy sisters, Sparrow and Robin, retell the antics of Bre’r Rabbit and his nemesis, Bre’r Fox, creating an enchanting world in song. Companionship, by composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters, sings the story of an aspiring baker who finally reaches the end of her obsessive quest to bake the perfect baguette when the 207,345th one suddenly comes to life. Adapted from the short story by Arthur Phillips, this darkly witty work mirrors our contemporary world, where what we consume becomes all-consuming.
Developed in association with The American Opera Project (AOP). Bre’r Rabbit commissioned by AOP through the support of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and developed with funds from OPERA America’s Discovery Grant for Female Composers supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Companionship developed in AOP’s Composers & the Voice program with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Supported in part by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Friedrich Ludwig Diehn Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.