“How shall I hide my thick, adulterous passion for this youth, who has rejected me, and knows the truth?”
Phaedra staggers under Aphrodite’s heavy curse. Wife to Theseus, she burns for his son Hippolytus. But he rejects her, and in her blind passion she destroys him–and herself as well.
Vertical Player Repertory, the pioneering indie opera company praised by The New York Times for “intense performances of unusual works,” presents a staged performance of Benjamin Britten and Robert Lowell’s solo cantata for mezzo soprano, PHAEDRA, featuring Vertical Player Repertory artistic director Judith Barnes. PHAEDRA is presented as part of SOAK, an annual deluge of acts and workshops in theater, butoh, dance and performance art under the auspices of LEIMAY, the interdisciplinary ensemble and producing organization based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
From LEIMAY’s website: “SOAK broadens the perceptions of artists and audiences with work that is experimental, rigorous, and thought-provoking.” Parterre.com wrote of Judith Barnes’ performance of PHAEDRA as part of VPR’s Playthings of the Gods series: “Mezzo Judith Barnes shone in her performance of Britten’s Phaedra, vocally and dramatically present in every moment in the 16-minute scena.”
Mezzo Soprano Soloist and Production Designer: Judith Barnes