Opera Orlando premieres new opera by Florida composer John Young with two shows this weekend


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  • Composer John Young
Over two performances this weekend, Opera Orlando is premiering the Tolstoy-based opera Death of Ivan Ilych. Written by Sarasota composer John Young, featuring a libretto by Alan Olejniczak, with musicians from Alterity Chamber Orchestra, the the one-act, English-sung chamber opera is informed directly by the composer’s own battle with cancer — and it should trace the line between life and death in especially personal ways.

The performances — at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 — will occur in the Orlando Museum of Art’s Grand Gallery Hall, and admission includes pre-show drinks, light appetizers and a post-show dessert reception where you can meet the cast and musicians.

For safety, seating is limited and tickets are still available.

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