A New American Opera

May 29 - June 6
Shubert Theatre

About the Show

Music & libretto by Matthew Aucoin
Directed by Diane Paulus
With the chamber orchestra A Far Cry

Inspired by the diary Walt Whitman kept as a nurse during the Civil War, this world premiere opera by the extraordinary young composer Matthew Aucoin explores how the individual experiences of soldiers are remembered and told. As Whitman listens to wounded veterans share their memories and messages, he forges a bond with a soldier who forces him to examine his own role as writer and poet. This new opera, featuring the Boston-based orchestra A Far Cry, an ensemble at the forefront of a dynamic new generation in classical music is produced in association with Music-Theatre Group.

The cast includes Rod Gilfry as Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis as John Wormley, Davone Tines as Freddie Stower, and Jennifer Zetlan as the Messenger; as well as William Goforth, Frank Kelley, Michael Kelly, David Kravitz, Matthew Patrick Morris, Myles Mykkanen, Danel Neer, James Onstad, Jorell Williams, and Greg Zavracky. The creative team includes Set Designer Tom Pye (Witness Uganda), Costume Designer David Zinn (Highway Ulysses, Orpheus X, Olly’s Prison), Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton (The King Stag, Endgame, School for Scandal), and Projections by Finn Ross (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night).



Performance sponsors:

Bank of America
The A.R.T. is proud to be a part of the Blue Star Theatres network. US military personnel, military veterans and their families can receive up to four (4) tickets to Crossing at $5 off regular ticket price.

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Plan Your Evening

Shubert Theatre

This restored 1500+ seat theatre; and considered Boston Theater District's "Little Princess", continues to be the home for many local community arts organizations. The Shubert Theatre also serves as a venue for the touring companies that present Broadway, theater, music, dance, and opera.

Shubert Theatre
  • 265 Tremont
    Boston, MA 02116
  • Capacity 1500