Precita Park


Precita Park a brief comedy
scored for: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, and chamber orchestra

also available for piano and 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone

duration: 20 minutes
libretto: Erin Bregman

Commissioned by/Premiere:

Washington National Opera (commission and world premiere)
January 20, 2018 / Kennedy Center, Washington DC
premiered by: Soprano: Alexandra Shiner, Soprano: Laura Choi Stuart, Mezzo-soprano: Eliza Bonet, Tenor: Frederick Ballentine Jr., Baritone: Michael Hewitt
Director: Andrea Dorf
Conductor: George Manahan
Washington National Opera Orchestra

About the work:

In the aftermath of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, Lilah and her four siblings move into their new home - a tiny shack in Precita Park. Her brothers and sisters bicker over every little thing. Searching for stillness in the midst of chaos, Lilah reaches for a copy of Thoreauís Walden... Precita Park is an ensemble-driven comedy splicing outbursts of riotous cacophony against moments of hard-won introspection.

Images from the Washington National Opera production (image credit: Yassine El Mansouri)