LIBRETTIST


Since graduating from the University of California, Irvine’s MFA program, Christopher Hood has published short fiction in the Santa Monica Review and the Anteater Reader and an essay in Teachers & Writers Magazine.  The essay, “The Gold Standard,” was a finalist for the Bechtel Prize.  Mr. Hood has been awarded residencies by the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  His first collaboration with Delvyn Case, a song cycle entitled brutal arithmetic, premiered in by Chamber Music NOW, Inc., in Philadelphia, and has been performed numerous times since.


Mr. Hood currently teaches at the Dalton School in New York City.




PIANIST


Called “a master of the piano” by Nadia Boulanger, Brady Millican has an extensive record of piano performances, including appearances with the Dallas and Houston Symphony Orchestras; on National Public Radio; and a performance at the White House for Rosalyn Carter. He has been featured on ten European tours in England, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Italy, and Spain, and can be heard on recordings on the Vox and Keywind labels. He has been on the faculty of Eastern Nazarene College since 1979, while also lecturing and teaching at Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Fuller Theological Seminary


Jewish Man: Bulent Guneralp (bass-baritone)               Christian Woman: Brenna Wells (soprano)

ORIGINAL CAST

Abbott: Graham Wright (bass-baritone)                                 Boy: Jake Wilder-Smith (treble)

COMPOSER


The music of American composer Delvyn Case (b. 1974) has been performed by over 20 orchestras across the country, including the Louisville Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony, as well as by the Grammy-winning quintet Chestnut Brass Company, D’Anna Fortunato, and Rome’s Freon Ensemble. His music has earned recognition from numerous organizations, including The MacDowell Colony, BMI, The Society of Composers, The American Composers Forum, Sounds New, The Composers Conference at Wellesley, the Orvis Foundation, Audio Inversions, The New York Virtuoso Singers, and The Chicago Ensemble. 

Delvyn Case holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University and a Ph.D. in musical composition from the University of Pennsylvania, which he received at the age of 26.   He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

STAGE DIRECTOR - ORIGINAL PRODUCTION


Stage director Andrew Ryker is a teaching fellow at New England Conservatory and the Artistic Director of Boston Opera Collaborative.  He has directed productions for Opera North, Boston Opera Collaborative, New England Conservatory, and the Intermezzo Chamber Opera Series.  Andrew previously served on the faculty at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts as well as Illinois Central College and recently gave a masterclass at Boston Arts Academy.  A versatile vocalist, Andrew has been heard with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, College Light Opera Company, Overture Productions, New England Conservatory Opera Theatre, Trinity Church, and La Musica Lirica of Italy in addition to recital appearances in the United States and Europe.  He received his master's degree from New England Conservatory and was the recipient of the Goldovsky Directing Internship at the Harrower Opera Workshop in Atlanta.  His production of Curlew River was named Boston's "Best Staged Opera" of 2006 by Lloyd Schwartz of the Boston Phoenix.  Andrew's next project is the The Merry Widow at New Jersey Opera Theater.