Critically acclaimed Pocket Opera Players, founded by MacArthur Award winner John Eaton, presents world premieres of two one-act operas: The Death of Webern by Michael Dellaira with libretto by J. D. McClatchy, and Re-Routed by John Eaton with libretto by Estela Eaton.
On September 15, 1945, celebrated Austrian composer Anton Webern steps outside for a smoke. A single shot rings out, and Webern is dead at the hand of an American GI. Was it an accident? Mistaken identity? Or purposeful assassination? With librettist J. D. McClatchy, composer Michael Dellaira assembles the compelling story The Death of Webern, based on the research of musicologist Hans Moldenhauer and Webern's own private lectures.
A GPS navigation unit personified has a major role in a new farce by John Eaton, who teams up with his daughter and frequent collaborator, the poet and librettist Estela Eaton. Re-routed brings a 150 year-old tale, Dostoyevsky's Bobok, to life as an opera-within-an-opera. The story is brought into the 21st century as a present-day opera company struggles to plan their next season, overcoming a series of disasters. With references to Figaro, The Magic Flute, and works by Puccini and Wagner, the fantasy-like tale has a happy ending as once-dead characters are resurrected.
Pocket Opera Players were founded to explore a new operatic genre with instrumentalists' participation as actors alongside virtuoso singers, close interaction with the audience, and the kinetic use of lighting with costume and prop elements.