Thursday 27 June 08:00pm

Music Workshop

Julia Adolphe & Stephanie Fleischmann's "A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears"

A comic opera-in-progress for all ages

7:30pm doors • 8pm show


Already “making waves in the classical music world” (The Frame, KPCC), composer Julia Adolphe’s new comic opera, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears, is based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer. With a libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, it’s a wonderfully loopy fairytale about Izzy, a young royal doomed to make everyone around her laugh so hard that nothing gets done in her presence. How to cure her — and her kingdom — of this affliction? Why, send her on a quest, of course. An opera for all ages, this playful, rollicking tale plumbs the perils of growing up and into one’s true self, challenging the conventional gender roles and relationships of the archetypal fairytale. A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears not only enchants but also provokes, asking what it means to be innocent, imaginative, and spontaneous in an unpredictable, ever-changing world.

This music workshop will present excerpts from the opera-in-progress, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Based on the novel by Jules Feiffer
Conducted by David Hanlon
Directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer
Featuring: The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker, Director; Maggie Finnegan, Eve Gigliotti, Dominic Armstrong, Thomas Shivone, Alaysha Fox, Victoria Fox, Erika Dohi, Erin Lensing, and Sarah Rommel

A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears has received support from: OPERA America Discovery Grant, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, National Sawdust, Boston Court Pasadena, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Shay Marcus, Ari Libenson, David Block, Nicholas Block, Evelyn Block, and Bonnie Zirkel