For Those in Peril: A Chamber Opera in Two Parts
Libretto by Francis L. Lynch & Raymond Humphreys
Music by Francis L. Lynch
Were their husbands truly safe
at the lighthouse in this storm?
In the early winter of 1801, a relentless succession of storms
batters the coast of Wales. At a lighthouse 20 miles out to sea
where two men are stationed, their prolonged quarrel comes to an
unexpected and deadly conclusion, just a month before they are
scheduled to be relieved. Meanwhile, on shore, the keepers' wives
wait anxiously and pray for their husbands' safety. After passing
ships report a possible sign of distress at the lighthouse, the
wives' anxiety deepens, but the authorities can do nothing until
the storms abate. When a relief party is finally able to land on
the rocks of the lighthouse, a grim discovery awaits them. Based
on a true event, this new work from the composer of
uses just six singers and five players (flute,
clarinet, violin, viola, and cello) in twenty brief scenes to
relate the tale of this tragic episode in maritime history.
The World Premiere Performances of For Those in Peril
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
James Janssen, Music Director
Sally Craige Christensen, Stage Director
Mark Crayton, Production Coordinator
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
2120 Lincoln Street
Evanston IL 60201
Now Showing: A Video of the
February 10 Performance!
Click below to watch each
part (complete credits at end of Part Two)
Meet our TWO fabulous casts!
Meet our fabulous players!