Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice

January 11 at 7:30PM & January 13 at 2:30PM
Kerrytown Concert House (415 North Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor)
Performed in English

AOT co-produces with the Kerrytown Concert House Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus & Euridice, a tender song cycle in two parts for soprano, clarinet, and piano. Gordon’s astoundingly beautiful work is his own take on the Orpheus myth, written as his partner was losing his battle to AIDS. “What could I have really understood in that story?” Gordon asked of the myth, “But something lingered. Because one night, at 4 in the morning, I rose from sleep, went to the dining-room table, and wrote the entire text. It seemed I suddenly had a deep identification with Orpheus; only my Euridice was not bitten by a snake, but robbed slowly by an incurable virus.” Soprano Monica Dewey and pianist Kathleen Kelly headline these performances with Arbor Opera Theater.

Described by Opera News as having “an endearing timbre bursting with warmth. . . as close to perfect as opera gets,” Monica Dewey is an exciting, versatile soprano beginning her career. Recent performances of note include Alexandra in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Alice B. Toklas in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 with Michigan Opera Theater, and an appearance on the Met Stage as a National Semi-Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Monica’s 2018-19 season begins with Plácido Doming’s Operalia Competition in Lisbon. She will then make her European debut with Oper Köln singing First Niece in Peter Grimes. As a recent graduate of the Michigan Opera Theater studio, Monica will return to Detroit to sing Cunegonde in Candide, and conclude the season with a return to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to sing Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro.


Kathleen Kelly enjoys a wide-ranging and dynamic musical life as a pianist, opera coach, conductor, and master teacher. Recently appointed as Associate Professor of Opera Coaching at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Kathleen has been on the faculty the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, is Artistic Director of the Kerrytown Concert House, and has served on the staffs of the Vienna State Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera and the Merola Program, and the Metropolitan Opera, among many other venerable institutions.

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