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Dog Days
Music by David T. Little
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Based on the story by Judy Budnitz
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Dog Days—the breakout opera by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, based on the story by Judy Budnitz—has been hailed as “one of the most exciting new operas of recent years” by “one of the most exciting composer-librettist teams working in opera today” by the Wall Street Journal, and serving as proof “beyond any doubt that opera has both a relevant present and a bright future,” “destined to be an American classic” by the New York Times. Investigating the fracturing psychology of a working class American family pitted against impossible circumstances, Dog Days explores the ultimate struggle of humanity—stuck between nature's indifference and society's barely restrained brutality. It asks: is it madness, delusion, or sheer animal instinct that guides us through severely trying times? Where is the line between animal and human, and as civilization breaks down must we give into our animal instincts merely to survive? Featuring searing performances by the original cast—Tony Award-nominee Lauren Worsham, Marnie Breckenridge, James Bobick, Peter Tantsits, Michael Marcotte, Cherry Duke and Bessie and Obie Awards-winner John Kelly—accompanied by Little’s own ensemble Newspeak conducted by Alan Pierson, Dog Days presents a vivid and terrifying prediction of the future as a surreal and eclectic artistic vision.

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released September 9, 2016

JAMES BOBICK – Howard (Father)
MARNIE BRECKENRIDGE - Mother
CHERRY DUKE - Captain
JOHN KELLY - Prince
MICHAEL MARCOTTE - Elliott
PETER TANTSITS - Pat
LAUREN WORSHAM - Lisa

Newspeak
JAMES JOHNSTON - piano, synthesizer
TAYLOR LEVINE - guitar
EILEEN MACK - clarinets
COURTNEY ORLANDO - violin
KRIS SAEBO - bass
NATHAN SCHRAM - viola
BRIAN SNOW - cello
PETER WISE - percussion
MOLLY YEH – percussion

ALAN PIERSON - conductor

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