Opera and Bop Come Together for Unique Show
Madison Opera will presents the Midwest-premiere of the acclaimed contemporary opera, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, at the Overture Center’s Capitol Theater on Friday, February 10 and Sunday, February 12.
With a score by composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder that melds jazz and opera, this production re-imagines iconic jazz saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker’s last day on earth in March 1955. As his body lies unclaimed in the morgue, Parker returns in spirit to the jazz club Birdland, determined to compose a final masterpiece. Family and friends, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Baroness Nica, Parker’s mother Addie, and Chan, his wife, churn in and out of his memories in this acclaimed new opera that tells of his tortured, brilliant life through a jazz-infused score.
In conjunction with this production, Madison Opera is offering a series of outreach programs during January, February and March for people interested in learning more about the art form, the development of “Yardbird” in particular, and Charlie Parker’s life and music (including public library-based free events co-produced with the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium). Schedule info and program descriptions can be found at the Madison Opera web site.