Boston Opera Collaborative

The Scarlet Ibis

January 17—20, 2019
Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music

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Official Description

BOC returns to Pickman Hall at Longy, with the Boston premiere of The Scarlet Ibis, a new one-act opera based on the beloved short story by James Hurst. Conducted by Tian Ng and directed by Greg Smucker, The Scarlet Ibis tells the story of Doodle, a remarkable disabled boy whose older brother pushes him to be “normal.” Set in a mysterious swampland with a Southern Gothic vibe, The Scarlet Ibis combines singers, puppetry and a score that is both minimalist and lushly chromatic to explore notions of physical wholeness, mystical otherness, and the power to soar above physical limitations. Performed with a nine-piece orchestra of musicians from Longy School of Music.


  • $15-$35


Pickman Hall at Longy School of Music
27 Garden Street, Cambridge