New Dark Comedy,
At Guerilla Opera
Guerilla Opera will close its season with
a new, dark comedy, "Bovinus Rex: A Chamber Opera In Seven
Scenes," featuring the debuts of Kimberly Soby (soprano),
Amy Advocat (bass-clarinet) and Ethan Wood
(violin), and the return of artists Aliana de la Guardia
(soprano), Patrick Massey (tenor), Brian Church
(baritone), Kent O'Doherty (saxophone) and Mike
Williams (percussion). Music are libretto are by Rudolf
Rojahn. The production, sung in English and directed by Copeland
Woodruff, will run May 24 - 27 at The
Zack Box at The Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway
in Boston, MA.
and Woodruff are the powerhouse duo that brought the acclaimed 2010 production
of "Heart of a Dog" to audiences in Boston
and Memphis. They've teamed up again to present this outrageous black
comedy exploring the nature of identity and the calculus of quantifiable
In a contemporary spin on an ancient tale, an animal farmer in rural Ohio
invents a machine to slaughter his entire herd in order to pay off his
crippling debt. When his fanatic animal rights activist-daughter decides
to infiltrate her father's farm, things tragically spin out of control.
Rojahn commented, “There is no way to live in our society with completely
clean hands because the use of animals as commodities is inextricably
interwoven with our societies and historical success as a species. That
creates a paradigm in which everyone must decide for themselves what an
acceptable amount of suffering is, a decision dictated not only by ethics
but by social and financial factors as well. A large impetus for writing
this story was to investigate both the beauty and danger of fanatical
belief and the moral righteousness of youth; a study of how our identities
are defined by the issues and beliefs we hold dear.”
Rudolf Rojahn holds a M.M. in composition from The Boston
Conservatory and was awarded the Roger Sessions Award
for academic and creative excellence. He is a founding artist and co-artistic
director of Guerilla Opera, for which he has written three operas with
original librettos. Currently he is collaborating on a new opera with
the El Paso Opera. He teaches at the New England
Conservatory's School for Continuing and Preparatory Education
and at The Boston Conservatory.
Copeland Woodruff is the co-director of opera studies, stage director,
and producer for the University of Memphis Opera program.
In his career, Woodruff has directed more than 85 productions of operas,
plays, musicals and scenes programs and has been on the directing staffs
of New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Michigan
Opera Theatre, Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, and Opera
May 24: Opening Night Reception
Join Guerilla Opera at a reception taking place directly on the set of
"Bovinus Rex" immediately following the World Premiere performance
at The Zack Box. Free with purchase of admission.
May 25 - 26: Talk-Backs
Join the composer, director, creative team, and Guerilla Opera for a talk-back
immediately following the performances. Free.
Join Guerilla Opera and the "Bovinus Rex" creative team for
a special VIP Reception on closing night at Sheraton Boston’s
Side Bar Lounge immediately following the final performance.
RSVP with a donation of $60.00 per person online at bovinusrexvip.
For tickets and information, call the box office at 617-912-9222
or visit bostonconservatory.