The 2015-16 season culminated with the lyrical American masterpiece Little Women, composed by Mark Adamo in 1998. Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story of the lives of the four March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy — as they pass from childhood into womanhood is brought to the stage through Adamo’s libretto and music. Little Women was performed at in the Soreng Theater at the Hult Center on Saturday, May 14, 2016 and Sunday, May 15, 2016.
“Eugene Opera’s Little Women…is an excellent, light, diverting and lushly beautiful rendition of the familiar story into music…. Adamo’s score, performed by a small orchestra conducted by music director Andrew Bisantz, is full and lovely…. From the opening scene, with the four sisters singing the beautiful “Four Little Chests All In A Row,” the music and story move seamlessly together.” Bob Keefer, Eugene Art Talk
Click the video for highlights from the dress rehearsal on May 13:
For a fascinating in-depth description of the book, the opera, and the process of creating one based on the other, read composer and librettist Mark Adamo’s own online course on Little Women (part of Opera America’s distance learning program).