Literally the only reason I bought Dumas’ The Count of Montecristo was because Orsi said “it’s good and there were lesbians” and I wanted to get the Hungarian off my back. Seven-hundred-and-seventy-four pages into the book I find myself far too emotionally attached to all of these characters.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if I could turn Count of Montecristo into an opera that wasn’t 9 days long, I would do it in a heartbeat.
Sweets By Kate: An Opera About Families and Candy, and also Satan.
The Midwest Institute of Opera, located in Normal, IL
Remember that time that I mentioned that opera with the meatloaf and the macaroons and the lesbians in it? Well, here it is:
Sweets by Kate
a new opera
libretto: Thom K. Miller
music: Griffin Candey
premiere: July 2015, by the Midwest Institute of Opera
A quick summary:
When the widower father of the Brigmann family (Joe) dies suddenly, his formerly-shunned daughter (Elizabeth) and her partner (Kate) return to small-town California in order to run the family business. Amid in the outwardly-cheery glow of the 1950’s, Elizabeth must square with the lurking disapproval of community and kin, the teetering success of the business, and her family’s former deals with the Devil – literally and figuratively.
Just what the opera world needed: yet another dark comedy where Satan attempts to control (and/or poison) an entire town via a 1950’s candy shop run by two lesbians. Such a tired plot, right?
The best part: you can audition for it.
MIO holds auditions in New York, NY and Bloomington-Normal, IL. More info on that as soon as its available (and perhaps some sneak previews of arias on here — stay tuned.)
a week before the recital:
In a few years, it will be the Twenties again. Fingers crossed for the return of flappers and speakeasies.