Blue Viola
Composer: Peter Hilliard
Composer Bio: Hilliard and Boresi – Peter Hilliard (composer) (ASCAP) and Matt Boresi (book/lyrics) “specialize in high antics of the comic musical” (DC Theatre Scene), comic opera, and art song. Checkout the "upcoming" page for information on their March World Premiere, "Blue Viola" at UrbanArias in Washington DC, currently being workshopped at DC's legendary Arena Stage as part of the Kogod Cradle Series. Their chamber opera The Filthy Habit was performed with newly commissioned orchestrations by UrbanArias in Washington, DC, and featured Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Aylmer. (“An uproarious farce!” – DC City Paper) Filthy was performed previously as part of “An Opera Grows in Brooklyn” by American Opera Projects/Opera on Tap, and has been performed at the OPERA America National convention, the National Opera Association National convention and Manhattan Opera Theatre. Other works by Hilliard and Boresi includes two productions in the New York Musical Theatre Festival: Going Down Swingin’, a jazzy 1950’s take on Don Giovanni (“One of the festival’s most inventive musicals and one of it’s most successful” - Variety. “Subtle and insightful… a thoroughly scrumptious affair” - Backstage. “The best show of the festival… it works perfectly” - Broadway Bullet. NYMF Award for Best Ensemble), and Don Imbroglio - An Opera You Can't Refuse, a modern day opera buffa workshopped at both New York University and the Lark Play Development Center. Hilliard and Boresi’s work was performed by Tony nominee Christiane Noll as part of the York Theatre’s NEO Festival, and they have been featured twice by New York Theatre Barn at the D-Lounge. They created the opera-bouffe The Brazilian (Alliance Francaise New York), the puppet review Eat Your Greens: Verdi by Vegetables (Dixon Place, Open Circle Arts, Great Small Works), and the performance piece The Staten Island Grand Operas Administrative Intern Presents: Tosca. Their choral work, Consider Krakatau was commissioned and performed by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Choir, Anna Crusis Choir, and Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and their Cell Phone Madrigals and Farmball Songs (a song cycle for baritone), have received numerous performances across the US.
Librettist: Matt Boresi
Librettist Bio: Hilliard and Boresi – Peter Hilliard (composer) (ASCAP) and Matt Boresi (book/lyrics) “specialize in high antics of the comic musical” (DC Theatre Scene), comic opera, and art song. Checkout the "upcoming" page for information on their March World Premiere, "Blue Viola" at UrbanArias in Washington DC, currently being workshopped at DC's legendary Arena Stage as part of the Kogod Cradle Series. Their chamber opera The Filthy Habit was performed with newly commissioned orchestrations by UrbanArias in Washington, DC, and featured Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Aylmer. (“An uproarious farce!” – DC City Paper) Filthy was performed previously as part of “An Opera Grows in Brooklyn” by American Opera Projects/Opera on Tap, and has been performed at the OPERA America National convention, the National Opera Association National convention and Manhattan Opera Theatre. Other works by Hilliard and Boresi includes two productions in the New York Musical Theatre Festival: Going Down Swingin’, a jazzy 1950’s take on Don Giovanni (“One of the festival’s most inventive musicals and one of it’s most successful” - Variety. “Subtle and insightful… a thoroughly scrumptious affair” - Backstage. “The best show of the festival… it works perfectly” - Broadway Bullet. NYMF Award for Best Ensemble), and Don Imbroglio - An Opera You Can't Refuse, a modern day opera buffa workshopped at both New York University and the Lark Play Development Center. Hilliard and Boresi’s work was performed by Tony nominee Christiane Noll as part of the York Theatre’s NEO Festival, and they have been featured twice by New York Theatre Barn at the D-Lounge. They created the opera-bouffe The Brazilian (Alliance Francaise New York), the puppet review Eat Your Greens: Verdi by Vegetables (Dixon Place, Open Circle Arts, Great Small Works), and the performance piece The Staten Island Grand Operas Administrative Intern Presents: Tosca. Their choral work, Consider Krakatau was commissioned and performed by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Choir, Anna Crusis Choir, and Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and their Cell Phone Madrigals and Farmball Songs (a song cycle for baritone), have received numerous performances across the US.
Original Cast: Vernon Addams – Jorell Williams

Arnita Seward – Alicia Olatuja

Michael Stearns – Keith Phares

Fritz Humboldt – Benjamin Lurye

Featuring members of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra
Premiere Date: March 20, 2015
Description:

Blue Viola follows the journey of a priceless viola from its original owner to a junk dealer, who sees it as a lost treasure waiting to be rescued. But his girlfriend, Anita, has other plans.

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BLUE VIOLA tells the story of a priceless instrument that disappears after its owner, a player in the Chicago Symphony, accidentally leaves it on the street. It winds up in the hands of Vernon Addams, a junk dealer, who sees in it a lost treasure he is meant to rescue and care for. His girlfriend, Arnita Seward, is more practical. Growing up poor in Chicago has left her few options for a bright future; she has narrowly escaped the projects, but her job at a run-down Cookie and Hot Sandwich shop will never provide advancement, and she has to put up with the unwanted advances of her boss to boot. Arnita steals the viola from Vernon, and brings in her boss, Mikey Stearns, as an accomplice in order to get the instrument appraised, and hopefully fenced. Mikey concocts an unlikely story about a rich aunt who willed him the viola, while Arnita dreams of a cushy future “someplace warm”, financed by the proceeds of the instrument’s sale. Will Mikey’s story and Arnita’s flirting convince Fritz Humboldt, a finicky rare instrument dealer to accept their offer to sell him this “priceless” instrument?

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Length: 1:00
Total Acts: 1
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