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These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends 7-7-22

These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends 7-7-22

A new opera by Chris Heslop, with libretto by Vicki Haller Graff, and direction by Joel Richard Gori.
Performed at the Miller Center for the Arts at RACC on June 17, 2022.

Mountain Mary left a legacy of loving spirituality and profound healing. Matthias Schaumbacher left the opposite: a legend of greed and violence. How have the seeds planted in the stories of these two people, who lived such different lives, grown in this place we call home?

Mountain Mary – Maria Damore, soprano
Mr. Hollinshead – Thomas Killourhy, tenor
Matthias Schaumbacher – Connor McLaughlin, baritone
Becky Schaumbacher – Emily Byrne, mezzo-soprano
Mrs. Sprague/Minnie Ruppert – Mary Fetterman, soprano
Mrs. Keim/Mrs. Schroeder – Jennifer Laubach, mezzo-soprano
Mr. de Benneville/Elias Featherolf – Orin Strunk/Matt Mangus, tenors
John Joseph/Oscar Lutz – Christopher Jon Hartung, bassHawk – Lily Oglesby

Francine Black, piano
Robin Lilarose, flute
Julie Drey, clarinet and bass clarinet
Jill Haley, oboe
Shari Gleason-Mayrhofer, French Horn
Valerie Trollinger, bassoon
Kevin MacConnell, bass
Robert Nowak, percussion
Brent Behrenshausen, percussion

Chris Heslop, conductor
James Damore, stage manager
Lily Oglesby, choreographer
Brad Gale, set design
Brett Buckwalter, lighting design
Amy Mozingo, costumes
Kathie Kustudich, props
Tamara Black, production manager

Berks Opera Company recently received a grant from the Arthur Judson Foundation for the Spring 2022 production ” These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends”.

Berks Opera Company receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Berks Opera Company receives funding support through a grant from the Reading Musical Foundation.

Berks Opera Company is a fictitious name owned by Berks Opera Workshop, a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.

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From the program: Private: Berks Opera Presents