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A new libretto for a Mozart masterpiece
Deborah Brevoort (Faculty MFAW-VT) was commissioned to write new libretto for Mozart’s comic masterpiece THE IMPRESARIO for the Anchorage Opera in Anchorage, Alaska, where it opens on February 20.
Deborah’s adaptation places Mozart himself at the center of the story as he struggles to bring a new opera to the stage. Pitted between two dueling divas who demand bigger and better parts, and his business manager Buff, who demands rewrites of the music in order to increase tickets sales, Mozart as a young composer struggles to reconcile the demands of commerce with the demands of art. THE IMPRESARIO will run in a double bill with MOZART & SALIERI at the Anchorage Opera through March 1, 2015.
This is the second time Brevoort has been commissioned to create a new libretto for the Anchorage Opera; last season she wrote the critically acclaimed THE POLAR BAT, a contemporary adaptation of DIE FLEDERMAUS, set in the world of Alaskan Reality TV. Deborah has penned two original operas as well: EMBEDDED, with composer Patrick Soluri, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe stories, which won the the Frontiers Competition at Ft. Worth Opera and premiered at the Fargo Moorhead Opera in 2014; and STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, a Holocaust love story based on the book of the same title, with composer Gerald Cohen.
Deborah will spearhead Goddard’s new libretto writing concentration in the MFAW program along with faculty members Kenny Fries, Darrah Cloud and Beax Gates.
Deborah Brevoort is the author of numerous plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which is performed throughout the United States and internationally after winning the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting competition. Translated into 10 languages, the play has had nearly 400 productions to date. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe award in musical theatre for King Island Christmas with David Friedman and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing with Scott Richards. Her plays, which have been produced at Virginia Stage, Purple Rose, Barter Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Mixed Blood and numerous other theatres, include The Poetry of Pizza, The Comfort Team, The Blue-Sky Boys, The Velvet Weapon, Signs of Life and others. Her work is published by Dramatist Play Service, Samuel French, Applause Books and No Passport Press. Brevoort is an alumnus of New Dramatists, and a member of ASCAP and the National Theatre Conference. She wrote the opera librettos for Embedded (composer: Patrick Soluri), which was commissioned by the American Lyric Theater and won the Frontiers competition at Ft. Worth Opera; Steal a Pencil for Me (composer Gerald Cohen) and new adaptations of Die Fledermaus and Mozart’s The Impressario for the Anchorage Opera. Blue Moon Over Memphis, her Noh drama about Elvis Presley is being produced in the traditional Noh style by Theatre Nohgaku and will begin touring internationally in 2015. Her latest project is Crossing Over, an Amish Hip Hop musical, with Stephanie Salzman. It is currently in development.