is the grass any bluer...

is the grass any bluer...
on the other side?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Anabella Gatton-Wright Sings Bluegrass Opera's Praises

Anabelle as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute last April
After a successful inaugural production last summer, the Bluegrass Opera is at it again. On August 13 (7:30 pm) & August 15 (2:00 pm), the company will present two more operatic world premieres, back-to-back and with live orchestra at the Singletary Center for the Arts.  On the program:  With Such Friends... (music by Tom Schnauber, Libretto by Jeff Duncan) and Sutures and Love (by Lorne Dechtenberg) - the opera formerly known as Sex, Drugs, and Aliens.

...The production will feature a cast of talented singer-actors from both Lexington's music and theater communities under the leadership of Music Director Lorne Dechtenberg and stage director Bill Barto -- plus all of the creators will be in Lexington for the performances, so come listen, laugh, and make history with Bluegrass Opera!

Exciting news is that Anabelle Gatton-Wright (one of my favorite sopranos) will be singing in Sutures and Love in the role of Louise Whitt, who she describes as "a rich billionaire’s wife and one of the crazy cast of characters in the cosmetic surgery clinic where the story takes place. I can tell you that this opera is really hilarious - Bluegrass Opera did a few excerpts at its very first performance (compiled entirely of opera excerpts) and the audience was laughing out loud."

You can see some clips from those performances on YouTube - you can either search for Bluegrass Opera, or try here:  

Anabelle explains part of the hilarity is due to that fact that "so many of the characters (which include an illegal alien and a homeland security officer to give you some idea of the wackiness) are hysterical - i.e. Jessica French as a patient with dominatrix tendencies, Arianna Afshari as the ditzy receptionsist, and Bill Barto as the doctor everyone is having affairs with, just to name a few - all the characters & singers/actors are great. Also important to note, while funny, this particular opera obviously contains mature subject matter, so will not be appropriate for all.  Thus why some of us still prefer the original title Sex, Drugs and Aliens, because it gives you some idea what you’re in for!"

Tickets are only $10 and can be ordered from the 

Singletary Center ticket office - call 859-257-4929, or visit

Or visit this page on the website and click "order tickets now" -

Note: This performance, while funny, 
includes some mature subject matter that might not be 
 appropriate for all audience members.

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