Experiments in Opera Presents
June 11, 8pm
Aaron Siegel, Composer
libretto assembled by Mallory Catlett and Aaron Siegel Based on Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room by Janet Frame
Composer and EiO co-founder Aaron Siegel and director Mallory Catlett (Restless NYC) bring their new opera Rainbird to the Roulette for the first concert reading of the full opera. Rainbird has been developed closely with the performing artists Gelsey Bell, Justin Hicks, Anais Maviel, Dave Ruder, Andie Springer, Matt Evans, and Paul Kerekes.
Rainbird is an adaptation of the novel Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room by the celebrated New Zealand author Janet Frame. Rainbird tells the story of a middle-aged family man in New Zealand named Godfrey Rainbird who gets hit by a car and is pronounced dead. After the funeral arrangements have been made and his belongings have been cleared from the house, he wakes up in the morgue. What ensues is the emotional struggle of the Rainbird family, not in accepting Godfrey’s death, but, rather, his resurrection. Now a symbol of death, he is ostracized by his community and his family destroyed.
Mallory Catlett, Director
Gelsey Bell, Matt Evans, Justin Hicks, Paul Kerekes, Anais Maviel, Dave Ruder, and Andie Springer, creators