Based on an old Italian folk tale, The Little Blue One follows young Azzurina as the world of spirits collides with reality. Every Spring, Juventas New Music Ensemble presents a fully-staged production of a new opera. This season, composer Dominick DiOrio and librettist Meghan Guidry join forces in a reinterpretation of the Italian folktale "Azzurina." Centered on a young albino girl—whose overprotective father dyes her hair dark blue and keeps her confined in the family manor—The Little Blue One is a dark update of a classic tale of childhood, identity, and desire.
"Great art asks questions. It leaves us wondering; it does not provide certain answers or solutions. The creative impulse is a journey, one that leads to an inevitable and brilliant flowering, here made possible through numerous collaborations with musical, poetic, and dramatic artists. It is my honor to share the stage with them this evening and to present this tale that draws upon developmental psychology, ritual theory, and pathology in its telling. In truth, we have all been Azzurina at some point or another in our lives, feeling the inevitable impulse to grow up while still wanting to remain a child. How innocent we were, and how impossible it is to return to those days once we have left them!"
-Dominick DiOrio, Composer's Note
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"This ensemble... were superb in performance, superbly conducted by Juventas (and the opera’s) Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya."
-Vance R. Koven, Boston Musical Intelligencer
"'The Little Blue One' defies the widespread notion that contemporary classical music is inaccessible; DiOrio's score abounds with gorgeous lyricism, supported by compelling harmony....At the baton, Lidiya Yankovskaya delivered an exhilaration and well-paced performance. The very exposed orchestration placed immense musical and dramatic responsibility on each of the seven players, but the ensemble did not shrink from the task and brought a balanced sound to their playing."
-Melanie O'Neill, Boston Examiner
Also in the opera project series:
The Body Politic (2016)
Leo Hurley and Charles Osbourne
The Magic Mirror (2013)
The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia (2012)
Light & Power, A Tesla/Edison Story (2011)
Isaac Schankler and Jillian Burcar
3 x 3 = ∞ (2010)
Karola Obermüller and Peter Gilbert
The Hourglass & The Year of the Serpent (2009)
Tramps, Emails & Hemlock (2008)
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