The Microscopic Opera Company presents a new production of the chamber version of Tobias Picker's Thérèse Raquin. The production stars Katherine Drago, Dimitrie Lazich, Anna Singer, Jeffrey Gross and William Strom and runs through September 21.
Tobias Picker's Thérèse Raquin, based on the novel by Émile Zola, is a gritty tale of adulterous love and tragedy set in Paris in the late 1800s. The chamber version of Thérèse Raquin, which is being presented by Microscopic Opera, premiered in March of 2006 at the Linbury Studio of the Royal Opera House followed by its US premiere in New York the following year. Anne Midgette wrote in the New York Times:
[An] appropriate darkness emanates from Mr. Picker's adroit music, of a sinister tonality. The vocal writing is sympathetic, particularly in the effective ensembles, while beneath it the orchestra outlines the unspoken tension in taut layerings of figures, turning the emotional screws to echo the increasingly dissonant plot.