June 5, 2015 | Opera Philadelphia
Charlie Parker's Yardbird
Composer:Daniel Schnyder
Librettist:Bridgette A Wimberly
Synopsis

New York City, 1955.  As his body lies unclaimed in the morgue, saxophone great Charlie Parker returns in spirit to the jazz club Birdland, determined to compose a final masterpiece. Family and friends blend in and out of his memories in an acclaimed new opera that tells of his tortured, brilliant life “with a pulsing, jazz-infused score” (The New York Times).

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird was widely praised following its 2015 premiere. The Wall Street Journal said, “its rhythms snap and swing, its melodies – including real arias – seize the ear, its ensembles crackle with energy.”


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
New Orleans Opera AssociationCharlie Parker's Yardbird4/3/2020 - 4/5/2020
Seattle OperaCharlie Parker's Yardbird2/22/2020 - 3/7/2020
Arizona OperaCharlie Parker's Yardbird11/9/2018 - 11/18/2018
Atlanta OperaCharlie Parker's Yardbird9/27/2018 - 9/30/2018
Madison OperaCharlie Parker's Yardbird2/10/2017 - 2/12/2017
Gotham Chamber OperaCharlie Parker's Yardbird5/31/2016 - 6/5/2016
Opera PhiladelphiaCharlie Parker's Yardbird4/1/2016 - 4/3/2016
Opera PhiladelphiaCharlie Parker's Yardbird6/5/2015 - 6/14/2015


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
New Works Exploration Grants2015
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2015
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2014

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:40

Number of Acts
1


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