Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Premiere of Dueling Double Divas: A Comic Micro-Opera

Mary Phillips (left) and Lori Phillips

The independent local film, Dueling Double Divas: A Comic Micro-Opera, showcases the world premiere of the composition performed by New York Metropolitan Opera sopranos Lori Phillips and Mary Phillips during their recent appearance at Rhode Island College. This performance by the identical twins marks their first ever recital together.

Conceived and composed for the Phillips twins by pianist and Rhode Island College Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman, the micro-opera is "an entire operatic tale told in 15 minutes."

"[The form] works well for the short attention span society," Stillman said. "If you're afraid of opera, this is a great way to get your feet wet."

Judith Lynn Stillman
The half-hour film also includes works by Jake Heggie and Lee Hoiby. Dueling Double Divas: A Comic Micro-Opera airs Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 6 p.m. on WSBE Rhode Island PBS as part of the ongoing series Rhode Island Stories, with encore broadcasts on Saturday, January 16 at 11 p.m., and on WSBE Learn on Tuesday, January 12 at 8 p.m.

Soprano Lori Phillips and mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips grew up in East Providence and are graduates of Rhode Island College. They have performed leading roles at The Metropolitan Opera. Judith Lynn Stillman is a world-renowned musician and holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees from The Juilliard School.

Another film showing performance of Stillman's original compositions airs January 17 at 6 p.m. Read about Phoenix from the Ashes here.

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