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VIREO: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser

Wednesday, July 17 2019 @ 6:00 pm

The LCCC is proud to present a screening of the ground-breaking “Vireo”, an episodic made-for-the-screen opera composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte. This screening will also feature a discussion and Q & A with the composer, coming to Oregon just for this event.

The eponymous heroine Vireo, played by soprano Rowen Sabala, is a fourteen-year-old girl genius entangled in the historic obsession with female visionaries, as witch-hunters, early psychiatrists, and modern artists have defined them. Based on Bielawa’s own research at Yale, then freely adapted and re-imagined by librettist Ehn, Vireo is a composite history of the way in which teenage-girl visionaries’ writings and rantings have been manipulated, incorporated and interpreted by the communities of men surrounding them throughout history. From the European Dark Ages, to Salem, Massachusetts, all the way to 19th century France and contemporary performance art, Vireo provides a thoughtful, sometimes-humorous look at the universal issues of gender identity, perception, and reality.

This special event will begin at 6 pm, with a break at 8 pm. Dinner orders will be available, and there will be beer and wine for sale. To learn more about the creative team and this innovative approach to operatic storytelling, head to www.operavireo.org.