30 DAYS OF OPERATHE MCCLEAVE PROJECT
The Telephone, as part of the McCleave Project, received funding from OPERA America's Innovation Grants, which are generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
The McCleave Project is also funded by
Gian Carlo Menotti's
Shawnette Sulker as Lucy
Marcus King as Ben
Ned Canty, director
Michael Sakir, music director
Sung in English
All performances are free to attend.
All Ben wants is to propose to his girlfriend, Lucy, before he heads out of town. When he goes to her apartment to pop the question, though, he gets interrupted by a constant stream of phone conversations. Sound familiar?
Written in 1947, this charming 20-minute opera is more relevant now than its composer could ever have imagined.
The Telephone is both our featured 30 Days of Opera show and the kickoff to our McCleave Project. We invite you to join us after several of these performances for a thoughtful community conversation focused on how Opera Memphis can be more reflective of and impactful in our community.