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Earplay in partnership with RealOpera presents:

Howards End, america

February 22-24, 2019 at Z Space
A New Opera by Earplay
Composed by Allen Shearer | Libretto by Claudia Stevens

This riveting story of betrayal, race and real estate transports E. M. Forster’s Howards End from Edwardian England to 1950’s Boston.  With powerful imagery and ravishing music, the opera evokes the atmosphere of an earlier time in America, but a time as divided over race and class as it is today. Audiences will meet two sisters: the kind but cautious Margaret and the younger Helen, an impulsive social activist with camera in hand.  What damage will they cause, and what romantic entanglements will befall them, when they set out to become the patrons of gifted black poet Leonard?

Howards End America Website | Earplay's Website

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HOWARDS END, AMERICA features a cast of seven of the novel’s main characters. They are portrayed by opera luminaries accom-panied by a chamber orchestra of Earplayers and guests under resident conductor Mary Chun. Philip Lowery directs. This first-ever opera on the great Forster novel will be a highlight of Earplay’s 2018-2019 season. Leading the all-star cast are Nikki Einfeld as Margaret Schlegel, Philip Skinner as Henry Wilcox, Sara Duchovnay as Helen Schlegel, Michael Dailey as Leonard Bast, and Daniel Cilli as Charles Wilcox.

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