Schnyder’s Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

January 20, 21, and 22, 2023

At the New Orleans Jazz Market

Friday, January 20, 2023

6:15 PM Pre-Opera Party
6:30 PM Nuts and Bolts Lecture
7:30 PM Performance
Join us for a Post-show talkback immediately following the performance.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

6:15 PM Pre-Opera Party
6:30 PM Nuts and Bolts Lecture
7:30 PM Performance
Join us for a Post-show talkback immediately following the performance.

Sunday, January 22, 2023

1:15 PM Pre-Opera Party
1:30 PM Nuts and Bolts Lecture
2:30 PM Performance
Join us for a Post-show talkback immediately following the performance.

The Ranney and Emel Songu Mize Chamber Opera Series

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

Make no mistake – this IS opera!
The story starts immediately following the death of jazz great, Charlie Parker. “The whole opera is about the dream of Charlie Parker to bridge two worlds (of classical and jazz music)…” writes composer Daniel Schnyder. With the aid of his strong mother Addie, three of his four wives, and his partner in the bebop jazz revolution, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie struggles to calm his demons and write his final masterpiece.

Composer – DANIEL SCHNYDER
Librettist – BRIDGETTE A. WIMBERLY

Director – TOMÉ COUSIN
Conductor  JORGE PARODI, The Jerry W. Zachary and Henry Bernstein Maestro Chair
THE LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Sung in English with projected English captions
Running Time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes (no intermission)

CAST:

Addie Parker – ANGELA BROWN
Charlie Parker – MARTIN BAKARI
Chan Parker – RACHEL LOONEY
Doris Parker – JULIANNA ESPINOSA
Rebecca Parker – KOURTNEY HOLMES
Dizzy Gillespie – SIDNEY OUTLAW

Nica – AMY PFRIMMER

Byrd – TRU VERRET-FLEMING

Angela Brown, soprano

ADDIE PARKER

Martin Bakari, tenor

CHARLIE PARKER

Rachel Looney, soprano

CHAN PARKER

Julianna Espinosa, soprano

DORIS PARKER

Kourtney Holmes, soprano

REBECCA PARKER

Sidney Outlaw, baritone

DIZZY GILLESPIE

Amy Pfrimmer, soprano

NICA

Tru Verret-Fleming

BYRD

Tomé Cousin

STAGE DIRECTOR

Jorge Parodi

CONDUCTOR

Iana Dobreva

SCENIC DESIGNER

Danielle Domingue Sumi

COSTUME DESIGNER

The New Orleans Opera Association’s debut of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Conductor, Jorge Parodi, is underwritten by: Drs. Nicolas and Haydee Bazan in honor of Maestro Robert Lyall, Sarah Jane McMahon, and Ranney Mize.

The fun starts before the opera begins …

Meet us at the New Orleans Jazz Market! The bar opens and the music begins at 6:15 PM on Friday and Saturday and at 1:15 PM on Sunday.

… and continues after the final bow

Following the performance, join fellow audience members and artists from the production in a discussion reflecting on the performance. Hear from artists and members of the creative team about their own experiences, both preparing this particular opera production and more generally. Post-show talkbacks begin immediately following each performance.

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Phone: (504) 529-3000

Email: boxoffice@neworleansopera.org

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Until we can see it live…