Paul's Case

Second Stage Project: PAUL'S CASE

February 22, 25, 28; March 2, 2014
George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters

Music by Gregory Spears • Libretto By Gregory Spears and Kathryn Walat
PAUL'S CASE is part of Pittsburgh Opera's 2014 American Opera Series

Willa Cather’s 1905 story of a Pittsburgh boy whose social aspirations drive him to escape to New York City is now a singular, haunting experience on our “Second Stage” in Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters. After a short time living the high life at the Waldorf-Astoria, Paul’s longings are crushed in a wrenching finale. The premiere of Paul’s Case (April 2013) received rave reviews.

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(Video by American Opera Projects)


PAUL'S CASE Photo Album

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Video from our production of PAUL'S CASE

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Paul and Father: split screen, separate lives Paul at the Waldorf-Astoria with his new suit


Previews and Reviews for PAUL'S CASE

"Skillful singers bring a short story to life" [review from world premiere] - Washington Post
"Fleeing a backwater to lunge at happiness" [review from Prototype Festival]
- NY Times
PREVIEW: "A classic Pittsburgh-set story becomes an opera" - City Paper
PREVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera stages adaptation of Willa Cather story" - Post-Gazette
PREVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera tackles complexities of 'Paul's Case'" - Tribune-Review
REVIEW: "'Paul's Case' an impressive first opera for composer Spears" - Tribune-Review
REVIEW: "'Paul's Case' has some fine moments, but is uneven" - Post-Gazette


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The Cast & Creative Team

Daniel Curran Craig Verm
Layla Claire Rebecca Belczyk
Daniel Curran *
Alex DeSocio *
Phillip Gay *
Rebecca Belczyk History Teacher /
Singer 1 / Maid 1
Oren Gradus  Christopher Toeller
Samantha Korbey *
Drawing Teacher /
Singer 2 / Maid 2
Nicole Rodin *
English Teacher /
Maid 3
Christopher Toeller
Yale Boy



Creative Team 

Glenn Lewis
Stage Director George Cederquist *
Set Designer(s) Pittsburgh Opera
Costume Designer Antonia West
Lighting Designer Jerome Sherk
Assistant Conductor James Lesniak
Director of Musical Studies Mark Trawka
 Associate Coach/Pianist James Lesniak
 Hair & Makeup Designer James D. Geier
Assistant Director TBA

 + Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni


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Performance Details & Resources 

  PERFORMANCE LOCATION • All performances of PAUL'S CASE will be at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.
  PARKING Ample street parking is available on Penn Avenue, or there is a convenient surface lot at 24th and Penn, next to Harp & Fiddle ($7).
  RUN TIME • PAUL'S CASE will last about 1 hour and 22 minutes. There is NO INTERMISSION for PAUL'S CASE.
  OPERA FAQs Get answers to frequently-asked questions like "what's a good opera for kids? or "what should I wear?"
  PRE-OPERA TALKS begin 1 hour before each performance of PAUL'S CASE.
  UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: English texts will be projected above the stage at our Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters performances.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION will be offered at the Tuesday, February 25 performance of PAUL'S CASE.
WHEELCHAIR ACCOMMODATIONS are available at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.
PROGRAM BOOKS will be available in a Braille version at our performances at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.
PROGRAM BOOKS will be available in a large print version at our performances in Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters.
  A STUDY GUIDE FOR PAUL'S CASE (PDF), published by our Education Department, is available here.
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