New Opera Focusing on Marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Debuts at Music Box

Fri 1/10 @ 7:30PM

Sun 1/12 @ 3PM

The raw material for the one-act opera Ghosts of Gatsby is the legendarily tempestuous marriage of The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his bright, talented but troubled wife Zelda. Appearing to be set on the French Riviera in 1924, when Fitzgerald was working on the book, it shows a couple riven by alcoholism infidelity, violence and mental illness. And there’s a twist at the end.

The opera by Evan Mack and Joshua McGuire was the winner of the 2019 National Opera Association (NOA) Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition. It has its Cleveland premiere this weekend co-presented by Cleveland Opera Theatre and the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, which hosted this year’s NOA Conference January 8-11.

The production takes place at the Music Box Supper Club. Friday’s performance includes a three-course prix fixe dinner; tickets are $60. Tickets for the Sunday performance are $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

The performances also launch this year’s fourth annual {NOW} (“New Opera Works”) Fest, presented by Cleveland Opera Theater and Baldwin Wallace Conservatory through 2/2. Most performances take place at BW and are free. Go here for more information.


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