in a grove
Music by Christopher Cerrone, libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, based on the short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa • Feb. 19, 22, 25, 27 & March 1, 3, 2022
A silent, expectant grove. A violent encounter between a man, a woman, and a notorious brigand.
Seven testimonies, each proposing a different perspective on the crime. Akutagawa’s classic short story “In a Grove,” which inspired the plot of Kurosawa’s renowned film Rashomon, offers a searing investigation into the impossibility and elusiveness of truth.
Epic and intimate, timeless and devastatingly timely, the story’s structure lends itself powerfully to music’s ability to conjure—via repetition and variation—how human perception, memory, and desire are fallible, imprecise, and subject to interference.
Join us for this unique world-premiere experience in a place where the ground shifts beneath your feet—a space of ambiguity and clarity, of beauty and menace, and of fragility and strength.
This production is sponsored in part by the Allen R. and Judy Brick Freedman Venture Fund for Opera.
Yazid Gray*: Woodcutter / The Outlaw (Luther Harlow)
Madeline Ehlinger*: Leona Raines / Leona’s Mother
Conductor: Antony Walker
Stage Director: Mary Birnbaum+
Assistant Stage Director: Kaley Karis Smith*
Set Designer - Mimi Lien
Costume Designer - Oana Botez
Lighting Designer - Yuki Nakase
Stage Manager- Alex W. Seidel
Asst Stage Manager- Hannah Nathan
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
Sung in English with English texts projected above the stage
Six performances at the George R. White Opera Studio, Bitz Opera Factory, 2425 Liberty Avenue.
We want you to have the best experience possible at our performances!
- Run time: 60-75 min.
- Understand Every Word: In a Grove is sung in English, and has English supertitles projected above the stage at all performances
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- Download the study guide
- Parking Downtown: get real-time parking availability
- Pre-Opera Talks (TBA)
- Audio Description - second Tuesday performance March 1st, 7:00pm
- Braille Programs (TBA)
- Large-Print Programs (TBA)
- Children must be ages 6 and up. Suggestions and tips for bringing children to the opera may be found at pittsburghopera.org/FAQ.
- All children must have a ticket. There is a 50% discount for kids and teens ages 6-18.
- Children who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of these performances must have COVID test results as detailed at pittsburghopera.org/COVID. Guests under 12, and guests younger than 18 without a photo ID, must be accompanied by an adult who meets the requirements at pittsburghopera.org/COVID.