A contemporary chamber opera in one act
By Francine Trester
Copyright © 2010 Francine Trester
This charming and whimsical contemporary opera is loosely based on a short news item that composer/librettist Francine Trester found online. Contralto Elizabeth Anker sings the role of eccentric, bunny-loving Helen Ringwald and baritone Donald Wilkinson is Sergeant Michael O’Hare, the officer of the law sent to shut her down.
Highly entertaining even to non-opera lovers, 334 Bunnies is subtly hilarious, yet it raises questions about the nature of right and wrong, freedom, the pursuit of happiness, and the meaning of love itself.
The Mockingbird Trio’s John McDonald (piano) and Scott Woolweaver (viola) form the instrumental accompaniment for 334 Bunnies along with composer Francine Trester, who joins the Mockingbird Trio on violin for this production. The opera is directed by Brenda L. Huggins and the ingenious set was designed and constructed by Lisa French.
Appropriate for all ages, 334 Bunnies invites the listener to enter into an hour-long journey filled with music, humor, philosophy, and of course, bunnies.
The world premiere of 334 Bunnies was performed on January 26, 2012 at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. It played to a packed house and was webcast to hundreds more.
On February 4, 2012, the opera was performed at St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain, MA.
334 Bunnies received its third performance on May 19, 2012 at the Meeting House in Shirley, MA, a venue that has hosted the Mockingbird Trio in past years.