Sky on Swings

World Premiere
Music by Lembit Beecher
Libretto by Hannah Moscovitch
American Repertoire Program
Performed in English with English supertitles

Directed by Joanna Settle
Conducted by Geoffrey McDonald


Is there any grace in forgetting? Don’t miss the next new work brought to life at Opera Philadelphia, one of “the most creative and ambitious companies in this country” (The New York Times). This new chamber opera finds fleeting beauty in memory loss through an unflinching yet uplifting exploration of living with Alzheimer’s disease. Frederica von Stade and Marietta Simpson embody this fantastical world premiere from composer Lembit Beecher, librettist Hannah Moscovitch, and director Joanna Settle.


Frederica von Stade •Danny
Marietta Simpson •Martha
Sharleen Joynt •Winnie
Daniel Taylor •Ira
Veronica Chapman-Smith •Elder #1
Maren Montalbano •Elder #2 & Elderly Woman
George Somerville •Elder #3
Frank Mitchell •Elder #4 & Administrator


Andrew Lieberman •Set Design
Tilly Grimes Costume Design
Jorge Cousineau •Projection Design
Pat Collins •Lighting Design
Daniel Perelstein •Sound Design
Kate Bergstrom * •Assistant Director
Lisa Anderson •Production Stage Manager
Brandon Ehrenreich •Assistant Stage Manager
Tracy Hofmann •Assistant Stage Manager