‘The Tender Land’ closes Bienen Opera Season


EVANSTON, Ill. — Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites,” featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, and Aaron Copland’s Depression-era love story “The Tender Land” conclude the Northwestern University Opera Theater season at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music.

“Dialogues of the Carmelites,” based on the true story of the martyrs of Compiègne, runs Feb. 23 to 26, and “The Tender Land,” the story of a young farm girl who falls in love with an itinerant worker, runs May 18 to 21.

Both operas will be performed in English and presented at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street on the Evanston campus.

Aaron Copland’s
“The Tender Land”
Thursday to Saturday, May 18 to 20, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m.
Directed by Michael M. Ehrman
Conducted by Adam Turner

Conducted by Virginia Opera Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Adam Turner, Copland’s opera is set in a rural Midwestern town in the 1930s. Laurie Moss is on the brink of graduating from high school when she meets Martin, an itinerant worker hired to help with the spring harvest on her family’s farm. As this coming-of-age story unfolds, a romance blossoms between the two, and Laurie dreams of exploring the world beyond home. But the young couple must contend with the community’s mistrust of outsiders and fear of the unknown.

Tickets for Northwestern University Opera Theater productions are $18 for the general public and $8 for students with valid ID. Tickets are available on the [email protected] website, by phone at 847-467-4000 or by visiting the ticket office at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston.

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