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Chicago Fringe Opera

"...A striking piece of contemporary music theater.... Amy Hutchison's imaginative staging was

as colorful and intricately patterned as an

artisan Oriental rug.  The design team conjured sunbaked Algerian deserts, a hashish parlor and other scenes exquisitely, using minimal means."

- Chicago Tribune 

 "A multi-media, multi-layered design

perfectly suited to the story elements.... 

Under Hutchison’s direction,

it all comes together as an impossible cohesion

of raw emotion and struggle."




Photos by Wendy Alas

 Photos by  Wendy Alas  

A multimedia opera by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek, SONG FROM THE UPROAR: THE LIVES AND DEATHS OF ISABELLE EBERHARDT is inspired by the life and writings of early-20th-century explorer Isabelle Eberhardt. Through a series of surreal vignettes, the audience witnesses key moments in Eberhardt’s life; from the death of her family, through her journeys in the North African desert, to her ecstatic religious conversion, and ultimately to her tragic drowning in a flash flood at the age of 27.  

Our immersive production in Mason Hall at the Preston Bradley Center featured the artwork and projections by Franny Mendes Levitin.  Missy Mazzoli attended the opening and participated in a talkback. 

           Conductor   Catherine O'Shaughnessy

    Choreography    Kia S. Smith 

           Costumes    Janice Pytel

              Lighting    Ted Nazarowski

         Projections    Franny Mendes Levitin

                Sound     Chris Cvikota

    Scenic Styling    Brad Caleb Lee 


                   Cast    Emma Sorenson, as Isabelle

                               Diana Stoic Richardson

                               Leigh Folta

                               Ashley Armstrong

                               Jonathan Zeng

                               Cody Monta

                               Reesie Davis 

                               Dedrick Gray 


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