ALICEHEIMER’S New Opera to be Previewed in Montpelier and Middlebury November 6 & 7, 2021 Music by Erik Nielsen, Libretto by Dana Walrath, based on her graphic memoir of the same name
Montpelier - On November 6 and 7, 2021 two preview showcase performances of Aliceheimer’s, the new chamber opera by composer Erik Nielsen and artist, writer, and anthropologist Dana Walrath, will take place at Bethany Church in Montpelier and Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.
The opera will feature soprano Mary Bonhag as Alice, accompanied by pianist Alison Cerutti. Aliceheimer’s, based on Dr. Walrath’s graphic memoir of the same name, tells the story of Walrath’s mother Alice, and her dementia journey, from her perspective. As Alice lives her experiences in front of our eyes, we gain insight not just into her condition, but into Alice as a person. Whether remembering her childhood, loving food, struggling with memory loss, living with her daughter or in a care home, Alice shows us love, humor, regret, wonder, confusion, sorrow, anger and so much more, all brought to life through the power of storytelling and music.
The Montpelier performance will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday November 6 at Bethany Church on Main Street. The Middlebury performance will occur at 7 p.m. on Sunday November 7 at the Town Hall Theater.
Composition of the music for Aliceheimer's was made possible, in part, by funding from the Vermont Community Foundation. Creation of the libretto was made possible in part by funding from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. There will be a discussion following each performance with Dr. Walrath, Mr. Nielsen and Ms. Bonhag.
Both performances are free of charge. Donations are encouraged and will help fund a full production of the opera. To donate through Monteverdi Music School (Aliceheimer’s fiscal sponsor), go to https://tinyurl.com/8h2nrpe3