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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
North American Works Directory Listing
Billie and Zelda
Tina Davidson
Eva Davidson and Lale Davidson
Leland P. Kimball III, Set Designer; Alan Johnson, Conductor
Martha Slater (Zelda); Scott Murphree (Billie); Sara Jane Duffy (the present Clara); Robin Leigh Lassie (the past Clara); Patrick Evans (Billy's father); Derek Goodman, Michael Laroche and Jason Scott (Soldiers). For Billie: Elixir String Quartet; Harvey Price, percussionist. For Zelda: Martha Slater, narrator; Mary Wooten, cellist
December 11, 1998
OperaDelaware
Billie and Zelda is both a theater piece and an opera which run concurrently. The work is about children lost through death, being heard and found, and the ability of telling the story to heal these wounds. Billie, the opera, is about Clara and her son, Billie, who is killed on D-Day. It is the story of a mother's crushing grief and her dead son's need to be released. The theater piece, Zelda, is about an exotic and headstrong child. One winter day, she pesters her mother so that she is sent outside to play where she sits stubbornly for hours. Severely chilled, she catches pnemonia and dies. She then haunts not only her own family, but the generations to come.
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str quartet and perc
Billie is an opera, Zelda is music-theater
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