“…the tableaux is breathtaking…” (Fresno Bee)



New Production

Townsend Opera; Fresno Grand Opera, 2017

Director: Alison Moritz

Conductor: Ryan Murray

Lighting Design: Erik Vose

Costume Design: Tara Roe

“Oh, earth, you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you.” (Thornton Wilder)

An intimate and inventive new production, this staging is designed as part of of a two-year initiative that presents traditional operas in context to tell the story of the people in the Central Valley community - and to celebrate the important role that art and agriculture play in connecting us to each other, and to the earth.

“Director Alison Moritz’s staging [is] precise without feeling stilted, lively without being overwrought. Watch for the town choir, led by the drunkard Simon Stimson (an electric Robert Norman), rotate completely around on stage to change the audience’s perspective, a move that seems so natural that it feels like a cinematic moment.” (Fresno Bee)

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“From bright moments of humor (a gardening pail becomes a rainstorm) to deep sadness (a funeral procession unfolds with a wrenching solemnity), Moritz keeps the production spare without it feeling empty.” (Fresno Bee)