Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.

Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m.

At Atlas Performing Arts Center


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Music by Tom Cipullo
JOSEPHINE libretto by Tom Cipullo
AFTER LIFE Libretto by David Mason



JOSEPHINE (World Premiere)

Melissa Wimbish as Josephine Baker

AFTER LIFE (East Coast Premiere)

Catherine Cook as Gertrude Stein
Michael Mayes as Pablo Picasso
Ava Pine as The Young Girl

Robert Wood, conductor
Alan Paul, director

Master composer Tom Cipullo returns to UrbanArias with JOSEPHINE and AFTER LIFE, a 90-minute Double Bill. Both short operas deal with famous artists in France, in the period just before and during World War II. JOSEPHINE imagines Josephine Baker in all of her brilliance and difficulty, looking back at her life and at her Parisian fame; AFTER LIFE examines the question, “what responsibility does a famous artist have in times of great turmoil?” The opera imagines Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso, both dead, arguing with each other in the afterlife about their actions during World War II; they are confronted by a young girl who once sold Stein a rose on a country road in France, and who was later sent to a concentration camp where she died. “Why,” she asks, “did you survive and I did not?”