Appearing as Soldier in the The Falling and The Rising – Mary Lutz-Govertsen
Soprano Mary Lutz-Govertsen is thrilled to be joining Petite Opera for The Falling and The Rising. In 2019, she has been seen as Comtesse Adèle/Le Comte Ory (Transgressive Theatre-Opera), Nella/Gianni Schicchi (New Moon Opera) and Worker #2/Stitch (Third Eye Theater Ensemble). Later this year, she will premiere the role of Regan in Kymbeline, a new work by composer Elizabeth Rudolph, with New Moon Opera. When not singing, she teaches public school music, does aerial silks and hoop, and mucks about with her husband, 4-year-old son, and two bad kitties.
“I’m delighted to perform in The Falling and The Rising. I love the fact that it looks at the stories and struggles of the individual people in the Army (and, by extension, the rest of the military). I have a 4 year old son, and the fact that the Soldier is a mother has helped me feel more connected to her—I have all the same doubts and worries and joys that she describes in her opening scene. I cannot imagine the incredible strength and sacrifice it takes to be a parent and serve one’s country overseas.
I’ve been following this opera on social media since its inception, as, many moons ago I was in Cosi fan tutte with Ben Hilgert—the individual who conceived the opera—at Cedar Rapids Opera. I also went to grad school with his wife, Becky. Both my grandfathers served in WWII; my mother’s father was in the front lines on D-Day, on the USS Corry. I wish they could have seen this opera.”
Previously with Petite Opera Productions
- First Lady/The Magic Flute 3.0—A Space Opera, 2015. Petite Opera Productions new translation and Sci-Fi setting
- Flora (Fiordiligi)/Cosi fan tutte/Everyone Is Just The Same, 2013. New English translation libretto by Dimitri Toscas; new Madmen Meets Mozart setting by Petite Opera Productions
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