Today, the Opera Ithaca company presents the world première of Bonnie Montgomery's folk opera Billy Blythe at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca, NY.
The libretto by Britt Barber was inspired by Bill Clinton's autobiography and deals mainly with his youth in Arkansas.
The work is a snapshot of Clinton's life in 1959. His relationship with his family and several events reveal the inspiration, character, and vulnerability that resound throughout his life. (reproduced from Opera Ithaca website)The cast includes baritone Garrett Obrycki (Billy Blythe), mezzo Dawn Pierce (Virginia Clinton), baritone Erik Angerhofer (Roger Clinton), bass baritone David Neal (Grandpa). Richard Montgomery conducts and Norm Johnson directs.