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CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW)

CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW)

Jun 14-16, 2024

CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW)

Gene Scheer returns to CU NOW as guest composer — alongside collaborating librettist Bill Van Horn — with “Polly Peachum,” a rollicking romantic musical comedy set in the early 1700s that depicts the intertwining worlds of government intrigue, London criminal life and the world of theatre. The story follows John Gay as he endeavors to bring his masterpiece “The Beggar’s Opera” to the stage. In the process, he crosses paths with Jonathan Wild — the foremost criminal mastermind in London — and his beguiling mistress, Polly. As this fiery triangle develops and opening night approaches, Gay and his colleagues risk their lives and reputation for love, the bonds of friendship and to bring an enduring work of art to life.

The Composer Fellows’ Initiative (CFI) inspires College of Music composition students to explore the opera medium through the professional mentorship of Tom Cipullo. 2024 CFI artists present scenes by Alan Mackwell, Holly McMahon and Joshua Maynard. 

By the time an opera production hits the floorboards, composers and performers have spent years transforming theatrical ideas and music for the stage. The CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW) gives you the rare opportunity to observe this process and share your suggestions with the composers. Join CU performers and the titans of opera for this one-of-a-kind event!


Friday, June 14, 7:30 p.m., Presentation of “Polly Peachum”
Saturday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., Composer Fellows’ Initiative (CFI) Scenes
Sunday, June 16, 2 p.m., Presentation of “Polly Peachum”

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