Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Charlie Parker's Yardbird
A bird’s final flight - In that empty twilight between life and death, tortured jazz soloist Charlie Parker composes his final masterpiece, revisiting the inspirations, demons, and women who fuelled his creative genius.
Opera Philadelphia presented the World Premiere of this freeform expedition into the mind, heart, and personal purgatory of the bebop great.
Lawrence Brownlee stars as the legendary saxophonist—a role crafted around the effortless, improvisational style that makes him one of music’s most sought after tenors; soprano Angela Brown mesmerizes as his mother, Addie Parker, and baritone Will Liverman debuts as beret wearing jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie.
Set in the famed NYC jazz club Birdland, the opera is as uncompromising in its artistic vision as the “Yardbird” himself.