Photo Journal: The Elephant Man Receives American Premiere at Minnesota Opera

Classic Arts News   Photo Journal: The Elephant Man Receives American Premiere at Minnesota Opera
 
The Minnesota Opera presented the American premiere of Petitgirard's Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, a 2002 opera based on the life of the disfigured 19th-century Englishman, on May 13.

The cast includes David Walker in the title role and Christopher Schaldenbrand as Frederick Treves, the doctor who befriended Merrick. The production team includes set designer Christine Jones and costume designer James Schuette. Antony Walker, the co-director of Australia's Pinchgut Opera, is the conductor.

The Elephant Man's French libretto is by Eric Nonn. The opera premiered at Prague's State Opera House and was later seen in Nice, where it was filmed for French television. The Minnesota production runs though May 21 at the Ordway Center in St. Paul.


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