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Opera Ithaca presents the world premiere production of Billy Blythe, an American folk opera about the childhood of President Bill Clinton. The opera was composed by country singer-songwriter, Bonnie Montgomery, with a libretto by Britt Barber, both native Arkansans. Bonnie Montgomery recently won the 2016 Outlaw Singer of the Year award at the Ameripolitan Music Awards.
Billy Blythe is a snapshot of Clinton’s life in Arkansas in 1959. His relationship with his family and several events reveal the inspiration behind Clinton’s motivations to achieve success despite challenges. The opera has been given an Arkansas concert as well as a 2010 NYC workshop with Metropolis Opera Project. Opera Ithaca’s presentation marks the official world premiere production.
Opera Ithaca’s production of Billy Blythe will play the Kitchen Theatre April 8th thru 10th, 2016, with four total performances. The opera will be directed by Norm Johnson, music direction by Richard Montgomery, scenic design by Marthe Hoffmann, lighting design by Evan Hawkins and costume design by Anna Grigo. The opera stars baritone, Garrett Obrycki (Opera Philadelphia, Opera Saratoga, Opera Lancaster) as Bill, Dawn Pierce (Opera Tampa, Mobile Opera, Nashville Opera) as his mother Virginia, Erik Angerhofer (Opera Fort Collins, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Central City Opera) as his stepfather Roger and David Neal (Tri Cities Opera, Syracuse Opera, Baltimore Opera) as his grandfather, Eldridge. The supporting cast includes Kate Clemons, Alyce Daubenspeck, Nathan Haltiwanger, Michael Roddy and Sarah Weldon.
For tickets and more information, please visit www.OperaIthaca.org. For more information about the composer, please visitwww.
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