4 Dog Days Act I Scene 3 by Dog Days Opera published on 2013/01/04 16:31:48 +0000 Dog Days Prologue - A Man In A Dog Suit ACT I Scene 1 - Dinner Scene 2 - Friends Scene 3 - Parents Scene 4 - Brothers Scene 5 - Letter Composed by David T. Little Libretto by Royce Vavrek Based on the short story Dog Days by Judy Budnitz Directed by Robert Woodruff Music Direction by Alan Pierson Featuring John Kelly, James Bobick (baritone), Marnie Breckenridge (soprano), Cherry Duke (mezzo-soprano), Michael Marcotte (tenor), Peter Tantsits (tenor), and Lauren Worsham (soprano), with chamber ensemble Newspeak and special guests. Set and Video Design by Jim Findlay Lighting Design by Matt Frey Costume Design by Vita Tzykun What does it mean to follow your instincts? Featuring world class vocal talent, Dog Days is a darkly comedic new opera brought to life through David T. Little's inventive combination of classical and contemporary music elements. Based on the short story by Judy Budnitz, this world premiere investigates what happens when a working-class American family – and the “dog” appearing at their front door – is pitted against an apocalyptic scenario in the not-too-distant future. Featuring musical direction from Alan Pierson (artistic director for Alarm Will Sound and the Brooklyn Philharmonic), Dog Days was created in collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek, and is directed by master auteur Robert Woodruff. Produced by Peak Performances in association with Beth Morrison Projects. Dog Days was commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State (NJ). Selections from Dog Days were commissioned and presented by Carnegie Hall for the Weill Music Institute. Scenes from Dog Days were presented as part of New York City's Opera VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab. Supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.