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Icons/Idols: Irene by Helen Banner and Grace Oberhofer


a developmental reading

from the Byzantine Choral Project

book and lyrics by Helen Banner
composed by Grace Oberhofer
directed by Colette Robert

supported by the Opera America Discovery Grant 2017

Mixing music, movement and text, ICONS/IDOLS recovers the secret history of these purple empresses as they ascend in a society with deep animosity towards female rule. Deeply committed to religious icons, these powerful empresses sacrifice personal relationships in an attempt to gain enough power to re-introduce them into an empire that fiercely and violently opposes iconography. ICONS/IDOLS is under development during the 2017-2018 season through the Opera America Discovery Grant.

October 1st at 7:00pm

Opera America Center, Rehearsal Hall, 330 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

The reading of ICONS/IDOLS is free and open to the public, and seats may be reserved here (please note, capacity is somewhat limited)

Featuring Lajari Anne, Julie Benko, Faye Chiao, Isabella Dawis, Emily Gardner Xu Hall, Jenna Hokanson, Caitlyn McKechney,  Maria Slye, Katherine Weber