It’s New Year’s Eve in Chicago, 1919. Just before the stroke of midnight, an anonymous woman leaps from the rooftop of a downtown hotel. The next morning, a young reporter named Abigail lands her first major story assignment: uncovering the identity of this mysterious jumper. The deeper Abigail descends into the complexity of Jane Doe’s story, the closer she comes to unearthing her own personal truth.
The Transformation of Jane Doe is a new American opera created by Vanguard Emerging Opera Composer Stacy Garrop and acclaimed librettist Jerre Dye. The opera was developed with mentorship from dramaturg Kate Pitt, COT Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya, and Vanguard Composer Mentor Jake Heggie as part of Chicago Opera Theater’s Vanguard Initiative.
The concert performance, conducted by Staley Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya, features Chicago-based talent, starring Samantha Schmid, Morgan Middleton, Leah Dexter, Curtis Bannister, John Mathieu, and Keanon Kyles.
Available for: 24 hours
Duration: 90 minutes without intermission
Language: English, with English subtitles
Vanguard Program Sponsor: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Supported by: Illinois Arts Council Agency
For more info: cot.org/season/janedoe