Presented by Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, “Little Women” will be staged Feb. 27 through March 2, in Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St. on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.
Directed by Michael M. Ehrman, Bienen School artist-in-residence and director of opera, “Little Women” will feature a score performed by the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Hal France.
Adamo, who composes opera, chamber music, symphonies and choral works, prepared the music and libretto as an adaptation of the classic Louisa May Alcott novel. “Little Women” was Adamo’s highly-praised debut opera, premiering at the Houston Grand Opera in 1998. It has been performed in more than 80 cities worldwide. In Tokyo, it served as the official U.S. cultural entrant to the 2005 World Expo.
“Little Women” follows the stories of the four March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy — through the memories of tomboyish Jo, as they grow up in Civil War-era New England.
The shared role of Jo, the opera’s main character, will be sung by Bienen School graduate students Kelsey Park and Melissa Serluco. Opera tickets are $16 for the general public and $7 for students with valid IDs.
Adamo’s opera will be performed in English.