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Overview

STONE SOUP pairs composer Joe Illick and librettist Mark Campbell for an operatic retelling of the classic European folk tale. Their reimagining will transport audiences to Blessing, Texas for a rocking-chair view of the comings and goings at Max’s General store. From the opera’s opening notes representing a young girl’s stomach rumblings, through the whimsically collaborative creation of the title meal, to its uplifting ending, Stone Soup imparts a timeless message: we all have something to contribute and sharing makes things better for everyone. 

STONE SOUP was commissioned by Fort Worth Opera by arrangement with The Barbara Hogenson Agency, Inc.

Performance Information

Run Time

Approximately 35 minutes.

Language

Performed in English.

Location

Various locations in the Tri-Cities area.

Tickets

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE COMING SOON!

Thu

Sep 16

Cast

Sally
Melissa Joseph*
Max
Robert Flora*
Delia
Kelsey Watts
Stan
Brad Bickhart*
Edna
Amanda Staub*

Sally (Cover) Hagar Adam

Delia (Cover) Emma Bennett

Stan (Cover) Alexander Bonner

Edna (Cover) Elizabeth Strickland

* denotes Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist
denotes Binghamton University MM Opera candidate

Creative Team

Stage Director
David Radamés Toro
Music Director
John Cockerill
Composer
Joe Illick
Librettist
Mark Campbell

Scenic Designer AmarA*jk

Costume Designer Sue Johnson

Stage Manager Kirsten Knox

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Erin Alcorn

Soprano

2020–21 Resident Artist

2020/21 Season at TCO: Adina in The Elixir of Love; Francine in Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers; Semi-Finalist in TCO Next: A Virtual Vocal Competition; Miranda (stand-in) in Miranda: A Steampunk VR ExperienceCocoa & Carols

Hometown: Coppell, TX

Recently: Soprano soloist, Messiah (Pennsbury Community Chorus); Soloist, Historic St. George’s UMC Christmas Concert; Chorus member, The Love of Three Oranges (Opera Philadelphia)

Last updated May 2021

Kelsey Watts

Soprano

2020/21 Season at TCO: Cocoa & Carols; Adina (Cover) in Opera and Beer! The Elixir of Love

Hometown: New York, NY

Recently: Sandrina, La finta giardiniera (Binghamton University); Sorceress, Dido and Aeneas (Binghamton University); Gretel, Hansel and Gretel (Binghamton University); Olympia, Pinnochio (Binghamton University)

Upcoming: Soloist in Delaware Valley Opera’s summer concert series

Last updated May 2021

Jenni Bank

Mezzo-Soprano

2020/21 Season at TCO: Dr. Dulcamara in Opera and Beer! The Elixir of Love (2021)

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

TCO Debut: Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2015)

Recently: Gertrude, Hänsel und Gretel (Cape Town Opera)*; Marquise de Birkenfeld, The Daughter of the Regiment (Opera Orlando)*; Marcellina, Le nozze di Figaro (Hawaii Opera Theatre); The Mother, The Consul (Baltimore Concert Opera)

*cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19

Upcoming: Ruth, The Pirates of Penzance (Anchorage Opera); Madame Larina, Eugene Onegin (Opera Omaha)

Last updated May 2021