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 Joseph's Gift 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!

Role Fri Feb 9 & Sat Feb 17   Sat Feb 10 & Fri Feb 16
Griffith Maxwell Seifert Ian McGuffin
Madeleine Angela Torres-Kutkuhn Anna Parks
Howell Karlos Piņero-Mercado Nicholas Metzger
Gwendolyn  Hillary Esqueda Alexandra Kassouf
Whiteside Nicholas Metzger Karlos Piņero-Mercado
Williams Ivo Suarez Gabriel Di Gennaro
Narrator Rachael Long Emily Rosenberg

Meet our fabulous players!


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