Great Barrington — In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, ADA Artist Management, along with co-producers Berkshire Opera Festival, Austin Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado and San Diego Opera, will host the world premiere of Steven Mark Kohn’s song cycle “The Trial of Susan B. Anthony.”
The free virtual performance will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, and will be available for on-demand viewing through Nov. 8 on BOF’s YouTube Channel. Pre-registration is required and can be done at www.berkshireoperafestival.org.
Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala will play multiple roles in the production, including the judge, the prosecuting and defense attorneys, a witness, and Susan B. Anthony herself in this seven-movement piece outlining the Berkshire native’s relentless quest for justice. She will be accompanied by pianist Myra Huang.
“We find ourselves at a point in history where it is of the utmost importance to collaborate and share within our creative industry,” said Ana De Archuleta, President and CEO of ADA, in a statement. “We are thrilled to partner with these outstanding institutions to present this timely world premiere event.”
“The Trial of Susan B. Anthony” is a 30-minute virtual performance and a live-panel discussion that will be open to audience participation will be held immediately following the premiere on Monday.
“I have always known about Susan B. Anthony, and her story popped into my head when I was searching for a new subject, one that could be a dramatic tour de force for a single singer/actor,” said Composer/Librettist Steven Mark Kohn in a statement. “It was David versus Goliath; a woman in 1872 fighting against the male-dominated machine, the system; unyielding, formidable, even merciless. Her story remains relevant today, as there will always be those who must raise their voices in seeking justice.”