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Kelley Rourke


Kelley Rourke has created modern English adaptations of operas for The Glimmerglass Festival (Ariadne in Naxos, King for a Day, and Orpheus in the Underworld), Boston Lyric Opera (The Magic Flute), English National Opera (The Elixir of Love), and The In Series (Abduction from the Seraglio, Pagliacci). In collaboration with composer John Glover she wrote the chamber opera Our Basic Nature (American Opera Projects and Nautilus Music-Theater), the orchestral song cycle Natural Systems (New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall), and the rock-recital Guns n' Rosenkavalier (Milwaukee Opera Theatre). She has created translations for supertitles for more than 65 operas, seen at opera companies across North America. She is dramaturg for both The Glimmerglass Festival and Washington National Opera.

March 2014
Kelley Rourke