2020 Family Opera

We are delighted to announce that our
2020 opera will be the American premiere of


Music by Stuart Hancock
Libretto by Donald Sturrock

AUDITIONS: October 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2019
PERFORMANCES: March 28 and 29, April 4 and 5, 2020


Come sing like a pirate in the American premiere of THE CUTLASS CREW!
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Based on the historical figure, Lady Mary Killigrew, The Cutlass Crew tells the story of this English aristocrat-turned-pirate who, with her servants-turned-crew, menaces the high seas in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. As always, our performances will be inter-generational, and in English with side titles.

This work was commissioned by the W11 Opera for Young People and was first performed in December 2017. Our production will have some additional new music and scenes.

Check out these snippets to get a sense of the fun music in this show, ranging from Elizabethan style to sea shanty!
     Battle of the Sexes - the placid life of the servants at Arwenack House (3:13)
     The Last Unicorn - Sir Digory Piper serenades Queen Elizabeth (3:26)
     Lady Mary's Defense - our heroine explains why she turned to a life of piracy (1:37)

You can also visit this page periodically, which has the full complement of demos and accompaniments (with more completed music every day!), as well as clips from the W11 production.

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