Today, the new chamber opera composed by Wlad Marhulets, The Property, with a libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann adapted from Rutu Modan's graphic novel, will be performed in Chicago at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
The libretto tells the story of Regina Segal and her granddaughter Mica, who travel to modern Warsaw to try to regain family property lost during World War II. As their journey unfolds, Regina is forced to confront painful truths about her past, including her history with Roman Gorski. Meanwhile, Mica navigates a relationship with their Polish tour guide, Tomasz, and realizes their reasons for coming might not be all that they seemed. (reproduced from the Lyric Opera of Chicago website)The cast includes mezzo-soprano Jill Grove (Regina Segal), soprano Anne Slovin (Mica), baritone James Maddalena (Roman Gorski) and baritone Nathaniel Olson (Tomas). They are joined by an instrumental ensemble of six players, including members of Chicago's Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Eric Einhorn directs.