The recording of the one-act opera will only be available for on-line downloading by visiting Magnatune.com. In addition to LuPone, the opera also features the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian.
The two-character drama is based on the Rape of Persephone Greek myth. LuPone debuted Heggie's work in November 2006 at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto, CA. She and Bayrakdarian will reunite for two performances of To Hell and Back at the Ravinia Festival on June 5 and 6. The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will be led by Nicholas McGegan those evenings.
In a statement PBO executive director Robert Birman said, "While focused on re-creating great music of the past, PBO wants to remain at the forefront of artistic enterprise in America. Our new internet distribution plan keeps us there."
A Tony Award winner for her work in Evita, Patti LuPone also earned an Olivier Award for her performances in the West End productions of Lés Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock. Her other theatrical credits include Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes, Oliver!, Working, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class and Pal Joey. LuPone also headlined two solo Broadway concerts, Patti LuPone On Broadway and Matters of the Heart, and received glowing notices for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in the Lincoln Center concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and a Tony nomination for her performance in the recent revival of that Sondheim work. She was seen in the Kennedy Center's staging of Marc Blitzstein's Regina and recently joined Audra McDonald for Los Angeles Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. LuPone will star as Rose in the upcoming City Center production of Gypsy.
For more information about the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, visit www.philharmonia.org.