The Minnesota Opera is commissioning an operatic adaptation of the hit Broadway play "Doubt" as part of its 50th season, it was announced today.
The play, about a priest accused of misconduct, is perfect for operatic treatment as it comprises of a series of conversations, monologues and sermons, says Opera President Allan Naplan. The piece is also attractive because of the small number of performers.
"In the play there are just four characters," Naplan said. "We like the idea of creating an intimate piece on the grand Ordway stage."
The libretto for the piece set to premiere in January 2013, will be written by Doubt's original playwright, John Patrick Shanley, who also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation.
Also announced as part of the upcoming season is a new Opera in the Park concert, a free event in summer 2013, to thank the local community for its support, and to introduce new audiences to the art form.