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Minerva, 2019


Into the Woods Productions presents Minerva, or Times Change, a new baroque opera. Handel and I teamed up to write this sincerely campy work: he did the arias, I did the recitatives. This community production brings together Richmond, VA's amateur and professional musicians, and RVA's baroque orchestra, Jefferson Baroque. Performances  June 6-8, 13-18. Catch a sneak preview on Classical Revolution RVA's Incarnations series June 2!

Act 1

Italy, Ancient Times

Will Peccario, the deposed king of Campania, regain his crown? Was his son killed in battle or is he one of the recently captured pirates? And who are the armored women knocking at the door? The goddess Minerva knows and she’s not telling.

Act 2

London, 1751

Disinherited for his love of Abigail, will Henry avoid disgrace through poetry? Has the aging Handel got one more opera left in him? Will Abigail’s scientific experiments pull off a miracle? And what of the surprisingly talented cook and freed slave, Walt? Minerva has plans for them all.

Act 3

RVA, today

At a coffee house sit an expatriate in existential crisis, a failing rap artist, a couple stressed by workplace tensions, and a son reeling from his DNA-test results. Can Minerva restore their equilibrium, or is it time for fresher gods to step in?

Co-composing with Handel