A Doll's House Opera @ Rites of Spring Festival

A Doll’s House – A New Opera

Jamesport Meeting House

Sat May 11th 2019 at 7:00pm

Grace Oberhofer, composer

Allison Benko, stage director

Sarah Crane, contemporary dancer

Based on the play by Henrik Ibsen

When Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House premiered in 1879, the character of Nora Helmer became a world-wide symbol of female empowerment. Fascinated by the possibility of symbolizing societal pressures through music, rising star composer Grace Oberhofer has recently developed a new opera based on Ibsen's revolutionary play. Trapping her female heroine within an ornamental musical web, Ms. Oberhofer uses opera as a revolutionary act to highlight the caustic gender norms that pervade our society. This production will also feature unnerving marionette-inspired choreography by contemporary dancer Sarah Crane and radically surreal staging by Allison Benko.


Philadelphia Sinfonia Players Festival Concert

Danielle Garrett, Conductor


Concert Waltz No. 1, Op. 47 by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936)

Les Filles de Cadix and Bell Song from Lakmé by Léo Delibes (1836-1891)

Kristin Renée Young, Soprano Soloist

Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)

Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Procession of the Sardar by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov (1859-1935)

Tickets: Free

Free-will donations gratefully accepted

Program subject to change.

A Doll's House Opera @ Corkscrew Theater Festival


Four workshop productions sharing one highly flexible repertory set (and one talented design team)

Producing Director ALEXANDRA CADENA | Scenic Designer DAN DALY | Lighting Designer CHRISTINA TANG | Props Designer CINTHIA CHEN

Inspired by the echoes of Nora's plight that persist in today’s world, A Doll's House: A New Opera follows the structure of Henrik Ibsen's original play but extends its heroine's gilded cage through music. Nora's domestic life with Torvald honors manipulation over authenticity, but she is forced to find her own voice when the masquerade ends.

Written and Composed by GRACE OBERHOFER


Executive Producer ALEXANDRA CADENA


Music Director ROBERT FROST