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South Shore Opera Company of Chicago

      Music Direction    Saori Chiba

   Projection Design    Ted Nazarowski

         Scenic Styling     Brad Caleb Lee

                        Cast     Joelle Lamarre

                                     Robert Sims

                                     Matthew Holzfeind

Joelle Lamarre's play THE VIOLET HOUR explores the career of internationally acclaimed soprano Leontyne Price and her rise to prominence during the 50’s and 60’s, despite the segregation and discrimination prevalent in America.  Tracing Price’s career from her hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, to her final performance at New York's Metropolitan Opera House in 1985, Lamarre vividly portrays the living legend, singing repertoire including gospel hymns, Gershwin, Verdi and Barber.  

 Photos by  Spencer Bibbs 

“...Lamarre shone brightly.  Her renditions of Gershwin’s “Summertime” and “O patria mia” from Verdi’s Aïda... captured the magic of Price’s glorious interpretations.
- Hyde Park Herald 

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