Producer

Director Mitisek's innovation is to divide the role of Marilyn between two singers, one for the brightly hued public star and one for the vexed and troubled private woman.

Mitisek splits the stage as well. A lighted makeup table serves as divider, the public life playing out largely stage right (in front of the jazz trio) while stage left alludes to the guest house bedroom in which Monroe's body was found. Public Marilyn begins the opera in her bedroom, before quickly passing over into the world. Private Marilyn emerges, rather unexpectedly, from beneath the rumpled bedclothes, and never leaves her room with its scattering of old photos and the company of a motley assortment of flasks and bottles. At the opera's end, the two personae rejoin, seated on the bed, still alone but alone together.

A Fool in the Forest

Productions

TITLE COMPOSER COMPANY YEAR
The Fairy Queen Henry Purcell
Long Beach Opera 2017
Chicago Opera Theater 2016
The Death of Klinghoffer John Adams Long Beach Opera 2014
Nixon in China John Adams
Wiener Operntheater 1997
Arena di Verona 2008
Long Beach Opera 2010
I Was Looking At The Ceiling And Then I Saw The Sky John Adams Long Beach Opera 2014
Candide Leonard Bernstein Long Beach Opera 2016
The Second Mrs. Kong Harrison Birtwistle Wiener Operntheater 1996
Macbeth Ernest Bloch
Long Beach Opera 2103
Chicago Opera Theater 2014
Der Reigen Philippe Boesmans Wiener Operntheater 1997
Death in Venice Benjamin Britten Wiener Operntheater 1994
Marilyn Forever Gavin Bryars Long Beach Opera 2015
The Paper Nautilus Gavin Bryars Long Beach Opera 2012
Medea Luigi Cherubini Long Beach Opera 2011
The Invention of Morel Stewart Copeland
Chicago Opera Theater 2017
Long Beach Opera 2018
Tell Tale Heart Stewart Copeland Long Beach Opera 2013
Queenie Pie Duke Ellington
Long Beach Opera 2014
Chicago Opera Theater 2014
Oedipe George Enescu Wiener Operntheater 1993
The Diary Of Anne Frank Grigori Frid
Long Beach Opera 2007, 2009
Austin Chamber Music Festival 2007
Irvine Barclay Theater in Irvine 2010
The Perfect American Philip Glass
Long Beach Opera 2017
Chicago Opera Theater 2017
Akhnaten Philip Glass Long Beach Opera 2011
Hotel Of Dreams / The Sound Of A Voice Philip Glass Long Beach Opera 2006
Hydrogen Jukebox Philip Glass
Long Beach Opera 2015
The Fall Of The House Of Usher Philip Glass
Long Beach Opera 2013
Chicago Opera Theater 2013
Ainadamar Osvaldo Golijov Long Beach Opera 2012
Orpheus and Euridice Ricky Ian Gordon
Long Beach Opera 2008, 2010
Chicago Opera Theater 2013
A Coffin in Egypt Ricky Ian Gordon Chicago Opera Theater 2015
Van Gogh Michael Gordon Long Beach Opera 2013
Frankenstein!! Heinz K. Gruber Long Beach Opera 2008
Semele George Frederic Handel Long Beach Opera 2004
The News JacobTV Long Beach Opera 2016
The Good Soldier Schweik Robert Kurka Long Beach Opera 2010
The Difficulty of Crossing a Field David Lang
Long Beach Opera 2011
Long Beach Opera 2014
King Gesar Peter Lieberson Long Beach Opera 2103
Le Grand Macabre György Ligeti Wiener Operntheater 1994
The Love Potion (Le Vin Herbé) Frank Martin Chicago Opera Theater 2016
Tears of a Knife Bohuslav Martinu Long Beach Opera 2012
Malakut Nader Mashayeki Wien Modern 1997
Lucio Silla Wolfgang A. Mozart Chicago Opera Theater 2015
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat Michael Nyman Long Beach Opera 2012
No Mozart Michael Nyman, Louis Andriessen, Arvo Pärt Long Beach Opera 2006
The Clever One Carl Orff
Long Beach Opera 2009
Chicago Opera Theater 2014
Camelia La Tejana: Only The Truth Gabriela Ortiz Long Beach Opera 2013
The Devils of Loudon Kristof Penderecki Wiener Operntheater 1995
Maria de Buenos Aires Astor Piazzolla / Horacio Ferrer
Long Beach Opera 2012
Chicago Opera Theater 2013
Thérèse Raquin Tobias Picker
Long Beach Opera 2015
Chicago Opera Theater 2015
La Voix Humaine Francis Poulenc Chicago Opera Theater 2016
La Voix Humaine Francis Poulenc Long Beach Opera 2016
Les mamelles de Tirésias Francis Poulenc Long Beach Opera 2010
Gianni Schicchi Giacomo Puccini Chicago Opera Theater 2016
Das Schloss Aribert Reimann Wiener Operntheater 1996
Winterreise / Werther Franz Schubert / J. W. von Goethe
Long Beach Opera 2005, 2007
Austin Chamber Music Festival 2008
Moscow, Cherry Town Dimitri Shostakovich Long Beach Opera 2011
Fallujah Tobin Stokes / Heater Raffo
New York City Opera 2016
Long Beach Opera 2016
Enoch Arden Richard Strauss Long Beach Opera 2008
Salome Richard Strauss
Austin Opera 1999
Opera Philadelphia 2000
Die Schweigsame Frau (Silent Woman) Richard Strauss Long Beach Opera 2004
An American Soldier's Tale Igor Stravinsky Long Beach Opera 2014
The Emperor Of Atlantis Viktor Ullmann
Long Beach Opera 2009
Chicago Opera Theater 2014
Joan of Arc Giuseppe Verdi Chicago Opera Theater 2012
Montezuma Antonio Vivaldi Long Beach Opera 2009
The Ring of the Nibelung Richard Wagner Long Beach Opera 2006
The Threepenny Opera Kurt Weill Long Beach Opera 2005