by Collective Opera Company

What happens when a young woman shows up for her senior year of high school pregnant…and a man? Such is the stuff of SCARLET FEVER, a new opera from Brooklyn-based Collective Opera Company. Taking Nathaniel Hawthorne’s iconic 19th century novel “The Scarlet Letter” as a starting point, SCARLET FEVER mines America’s long-held obsession with unorthodox pregnancy. Classical voices, romantic literature and tabloid headlines collide in this absurdist riff on parental identity.

Concept and creation by Collective Opera Company including Summer Baldwin, Brent Capron, Michael Hart, Jocelyn Ladd, Ryan Scott Lathan, Elizabeth Munn, Chris Schiavo, Ryan Tracy, and Paula White

Original music and libretto by Ryan Tracy

Visual design by Chris Schiavo

SCARLET FEVER was commissioned by Mt. Tremper Arts, and premiered there in August, 2009

SCARLET FEVER was also made possible by a generous space grant from Moving Theater at the Park Avenue Armory

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