Dark Sisters is a suspenseful, emotional, and lyrical depiction of one woman's struggle with life and faith and the universal dilemma of whether to stay or leave. The opera opens a window into the lives of Eliza and her sister wives, members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), a polygamous sect based in the southwestern United States. Creators Muhly and Karam have drawn inspiration from the crush of media attention surrounding two of the many raids on FLDS compounds (the 2008 raid at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, TX and the 1953 raid at Short Creek, AZ), as well as from the stories of the more than 80 wives of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
Check out photos from the premiere below!
First-nighters includued: Rufus Wainwright, Isaac Mizrahi, Jonathan Groff, Sam Amidon, André Bishop, Peter Gelb, S.I. and Victoria Newhouse, Craig Lucas, Mary Rodgers, Hank Guettel, Thomas Schumacher, Bartlett Sher, Catherine Zuber, Michael Yeargen, Dr. Coco Lazaroff, Robert L. Turner, Karen Lerner, Mark Newhouse, Ann Ziff; The cast of Dark Sisters: Kevin Burdette, Jennifer Check, Eve Gigliotti, Margaret Lattimore, Caitlyn Lynch, Jennifer Zetlan and Kristina Bachrach, composer Nico Muhly (The Reader), librettist Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet), director Rebecca Taichman (Orlando); Gotham Chamber Opera Executive Director David Bennett and Artistic Director and conductor Neal Goren, Music-Theatre Group Producing Director Diane Wondisford and The Opera Company of Philadelphia Executive Director David DeVan.
Kristina Bachrach, Jennifer Zetlan, Jennifer Check, Caitlyn Lynch, Neal Goren, Eve Gigliotti, Margaret Lattimore, Kevin Burdette
Rebecca Taichman, Stephen Karam, Nico Muhly and company
Caitlyn Lynch, Stephen Karam, Rebecca Taichman, Nico Muhly and Neal Goren
Stephen Karam, Nico Muhly, Rebecca Taichman
David Bennett (Gotham Chamber Opera), Diane Wondisford (Music-Theatre Group), Stephen Karam, Nico Muhly, Rebecca Taichman, David DeVan (Opera Company of Philidelphia)
Caitlyn Lynch, Kevin Burdette
Nico Muhly, Caitlyn Lynch
Jennifer Check, Eve Gigliotti, Jennifer Zetlan, Nico Muhly
Nico Muhly, Diane Wondisford (Music-Theatre Group) and Isaac Mizrahi
Jennifer Check, Eve Gigliotti, Kevin Burdette, Caitlyn Lynch, Kristina Bachrach, Jennifer Zetlan, Margaret Lattimore, Rebecca Taichman
Bartlett Sher, Rebecca Taichman