Our Town

Townsend Grand Opera, Fresno Opera

  • 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.

    The Fresno Bee
  • …the tableaux is breathtaking…

    The Fresno Bee
  • I felt immersed in Our Town not just in terms of setting but also emotional energy. That’s an accomplishment.

    The Fresno Bee

Production Details

Production Highlights

  • New Production
  • Townsend Opera, 2017
  • Fresno Grand Opera, 2017

Creative Team

Director:
Alison Moritz
Conductor:
Ryan Murray
Lighting Designer:
Erik Vose
Costume Designer:
Tara Roe

A Message From Alison

“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 California’s Central Valley community - and to celebrate the important role that art and agriculture play in connecting us to each other, and to the earth.

Press

  • Preview:With opera version of ‘Our Town,’ a nod to a smaller Fresno of long ago (The Fresno Bee)
  • Review:5 things to admire in Fresno Grand Opera’s beautiful ‘Our Town’ (The Fresno Bee)

Production Photos

  • A scene from a live stage production of Our Town, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of Our Town, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of Our Town, directed by Alison Moritz.