Little Women in Boston – Intimate and Charming

BOSTON, MASS – Things change. For Jo March, the headstrong heroine of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women and of Mark Adamo’s warm and lush opera adaptation, that’s the hardest lesson to learn. As the March sisters and their best friend Laurie grow up, Jo struggles to keep things “perfect as they are.”

Boston Opera Collaborative (BOC) presents Little Women, an opera by Mark Adamo, November 5-7, 12-14 in partnership with Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St, Boston, MA. Friday/Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm, Sunday performances begin at 3:00 pm. Emilia Allen directs. Michael Sakir conducts. with Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors (65+). Tickets are available, or by phone at (617) 517-5883.

Minneapolis native Emilia Allen (stage director) has undertaken nearly every job that the front or back of the theatre and opera stage has to offer. Emilia has performed, built sets, run lightboards, unzipped Queen Gertrudes, shushed hordes of tiny Oompa Loompas, plunked out the tenor line for choruses of zombies, produced, stage-managed and directed. Emilia’s directing credits include Opera Hub, Musica Nuova, Edina High School (The Ugly Duckling; The Atomic Adventures of Nikolai Nikolaevich; Harvey; The Crucible; Of Mice and Men), Bard Musical Theatre Company (The Last Five Years), Boston Actors Theater, and Boston Opera Collaborative (Tonight, Tonight). Assisting credits include Boston Opera Collaborative (Alcina; The Crucible) and the Boston University Opera Institute (Gianni Schicchi). In addition, Emilia has worked in other capacities with Guerilla Opera, BOC, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Watertown Children’s Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Theatre in the Round Players. This December, Emilia will direct The Boston Holiday Show with Boston Actors Theater. During their 2011 season, Emilia will direct Pensacola Opera’s artist-in-residence showcase (Postcard from Morocco), assistant direct the mainstage shows (Little Women; Turandot), and stage manage the company’s educational tour. Emilia received her B.A. in vocal performance from Bard College.

Conductor Michael Sakir (music director) has conducted the Boston Opera Collaborative’s critically-acclaimed productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He has served as music director for the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2010 Opera Iowa Education Tour as well as associate conductor, rehearsal pianist, and apprentice coach for Des Moines Metro Opera’s 38th Festival Season. In 2011, Michael will join the artistic staff of Pensacola Opera as assistant conductor and rehearsal pianist for mainstage productions and music director for the Artist-in-Residence program. From 2008 to 2010, Michael served as Music Director of the Juventas New Music Ensemble, a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to performing works by composers under 35. Equally active as a collaborative pianist, Michael serves as a vocal coach and accompanist for The Boston Conservatory Opera and Vocal Departments. He also works as assistant conductor and rehearsal pianist for Brookline Chorus. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Michael received Bachelor of Music degrees in Piano Performance and Music History in June 2006. He received a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory in May 2009. He is a native of Northern California.

Boston Opera Collaborative is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to providing opportunities for emerging artists — including singers, directors, conductors, and theater technicians — to bridge the gap between higher education and a career in the arts. Members of Boston Opera Collaborative share in the management of the organization, developing their own skills as artists and administrators through productions and professional development.

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