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Thursday, May 22, 2014

‘Sister Carrie’: A Workshop Performance of a New American Opera

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When the new opera of Theodore Dreiser’s great 1900 novel Sister Carrie enters the international repertory, as it will if it follows the path of its celebrated sibling Elmer Gantry, you can remember taking part in its development. The composer and librettist Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein will oversee a workshop performance of their new baby at the intimate, relaxed and beautiful Florentine Opera Center in Riverwest this Friday and Saturday. Adriana Zabala and Daniel Belcher are the leads. Singers from the Florentine Opera Chorus and the University of Minnesota complete the cast under Bill Florescu’s direction. William Boggs conducts. May 23-24, 7:30 p.m., Florentine Opera Center, 926 E. Burleigh St. Tickets are just $15.