Lady Bird Opera At Sisterdale Opera House March 26, 2017 , 3:00 P.M.
Lady Bird Opera was commissioned by Texas State Opera & Texas Hill Country Opera & Arts in 2014. It was completed in the Fall of 2015 and World Premiered at Texas State University Fine Arts Center of San Marcos, Texas in April of 2016. In attendance were Pulitzer Prize Winner Sheldon Harnick of Fiddler on the roof fame who wrote the libretto(lyrics) and Henry Mollicone, noted American Opera composer, who was the composer, daughter Lucy and many friends of Lady Bird. The opera was also performed in Kerrville, Texas at the Cailloux Performing Arts Center in May of 2016. The performance at The Sisterdale Opera House will premiere the reduced version of the orchestra which was commissioned by Texas Hill Country Opera and which was completed in February of 2017. The Orchestra, reduced from 35 to 7 by Henry Mollicone the composer will make it possible for opera companies from around the country who perform in small opera houses such as those in the Texas Hill Country to do so. We are especially thankful to Texas Hill Country Opera supporters who provided the $9,500 necessary for the orchestra reduction. Texas Hill Country Opera is delighted to have the opportunity to produce the opera at the oldest functioning opera house in Texas, namely the Sisterdale Opera House on March 26th, 2017, at The Sisterdale Opera House beginning at 3:00 PM. The production is a collaboration between Hill Country Opera Partners Texas Hill Country Opera & Arts and Texas State Opera Theatre. Directing Lady Bird will be Dr. Sam Mungo of Texas State Opera Theatre. The opera leads and chorus members are all part of the Texas State Opera Theatre. Conducting the opera will be Matthew Lovelace, Texas Hill Country Opera Director and Conductor. Arden Dorn, president of Texas Hill Country Opera is the producer. The opera has been the recipient of several national awards. *National Opera Association, 3rd Place Division V Opera Production of the Year. *Semi-Finalist Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music *lselmi=Finalist American Prize Opera State Director of the year *In Progress: Semi-Finalist American Prize Opera Production of the Year. They will be announcing soon! Tickets for the performance can be purchased on line at www.texashillcountryopera.com. General Admission: $30.00 Tickets will also be sold at the Sisterdale Opera House on the day of performance. Ticket sales will be limited to 175 persons so purchase soon for this special Hill Country event!
For Immediate Release! March 7th, 2017 Mr. Mollicone who resides with his wife in San Jose, California announced his enthusiasm for being at this Texas Hill Country Event! One of the most distinctive American opera composers who composed “Lady Bird” opera will be present at the reduced orchestra premiere at The Sisterdale Opera House in Sisterdale, Texas on Sunday, March 26th when the opera will be presented by Texas Hill Country Opera & Arts at 3:00 PM. Mr. Mollicone will be available to demonstrate first hand his composing skills and share personally with the audience at the performance.