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Friday, March 1, 2013

Frank Lloyd Wright Opera is Staged

Posted By on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Pittsburgh Opera Theater previews its SummerFest tomorrow night with a one-night staging of Shining Brow: An Opera About Frank Lloyd Wright.

The show’s in a new venue for the Opera Theater, The Father Ryan Arts Center, in McKees Rocks.

The 1993 opera dramatizes events between 1903 and 1914 — pre-Fallingwater — as the legendary architect decides to leave his wife and children, including the storied murders and fire at Taliesen.

The opera features music by lauded American composer Daron Hagen and a libretto by Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer-winning Irish poet. The Opera Theater production — which will get a full run at this year’s SummerFest, in July — will be staged by the troupe’s artistic director, Jonathan Eaton.

The cast of five includes Pittsburgh area native Kevin Kees as Wright and Lara Lynn Cottrill as Wright's lover, Mamah Cheney.

The show is at 7 p.m. tomorrow, at The Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Ave., in McKees Rocks.

Tickets are $9, or $19 for VIP seating. Call 412-771-3052 for more info.

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