Company:Merola Opera Program
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Web Site:www.merola.org
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Fax:(415) 508-3665
performance datesmatinee
Thursday, August 1, 2019
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
If I Were You
Composer: Jake Heggie

Librettist: Gene Scheer
Synopsis
Who hasn’t imagined being someone else? Someone more powerful, rich, beautiful, gifted, beloved, famous, or infamous. Who would you be? For how long and at what cost?

Fabian Hart is a dispirited young man. An aspiring writer, a dreamer yearning for adventure and a way out of his stifling existence, he would sell his very soul to be somebody else. Brittomara, the devil, appears to offer him a supernatural power. By singing a secret phrase, Fabian will be able to transfer his soul into another person’s body to live their life. Thus begins the perilous journey of If I Were You as Fabian moves his lost soul from person to person in search of a better identity: sometimes running away, sometimes running toward, always leaving a trail of human wreckage. When the promise of profound love compels him to return to his original body, he must face the great existential question: live forever as someone else or die as yourself?

Loosely based on the novel by Julien Green, If I Were You is a contemporary story of identity with echoes of classic literature, from Faust to Jekyll & Hyde. Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer envision a work in which many of the Merola Opera Program’s young singers have the opportunity to be the lead as Fabian’s soul and music move from one character to the next.

TitleComposerOpening Night
If I Were YouHeggieThursday, August 1, 2019
COMPANYTITLECOMPOSERDATE
Merola Opera ProgramIf I Were YouHeggieAugust 2019
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