Boston, MA (May 9, 2022)—Boston’s Guerilla Opera and the Nichols House Museum co-present I Give You My Home, a world premiere site-specific chamber opera inspired by the life of Rose Standish Nichols, a true-life Women’s Peace Party and Suffrage Activist and professional landscape architect. I Give You My Home features music and original libretto by local composer Beth Wiemann and is brought to life by acclaimed theater and film director Cara Consilvio. The immersive opera plays for five performances over one weekend only on Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2022 within the rooms of the Nichols House Museum at 55 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online only from the Nichols House Museum.
Wiemann’s I Give You My Home brings to light the efforts and passions of Rose Standish Nichols, a singular Bostonian woman, in dramatic form on the site of the museum, which was the Nichols family home. Rose’s efforts to affect change through the Women’s Peace and Suffrage Movements and in her professional career are striking for their persistence in spite of the barriers.
“We want to inspire future generations to pursue their unique passions and make an impact on their own terms. This is everything Guerilla Opera is about!” Aliana de la Guardia, Guerilla Opera’s Artistic Director
The opera is a monodrama written for Guerilla Opera’s core ensemble members: soprano and Artistic Director Aliana de la Guardia as Rose, percussionist Mike Williams and saxophonist Philipp Stäudlin.
Each performance concludes with a tea reception in honor of the tradition of hosting salons, which was started by Rose Standish Nichols and her mother. Opening night on June 3 concludes with a special reception and champagne toast to Guerilla Opera’s 15th Anniversary Season. The full live experience including the reception is roughly 60 min in duration.
I Give You My Home is supported by an Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors award from OPERA America, a Live Arts Boston grant award from The Boston Foundation and their partners the Barr Foundation and Dunamis Boston, and a CIP Projects grant award from Mass Cultural Council. The development of I Give You My Home has been in partnership with the University of Maine, Orono, The Switchboard artist residency program in Haverhill, MA and the Nichols House Museum in Boston.
The Nichols House Museum is an historic 1804 Federal townhouse home. It is spread across multiple floors with no elevator. The performances include walking throughout the house. If you have questions or need assistance with accessibility please email or call Barbara Callahan at [email protected]
Audience members must show proof of vaccination or show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours or a negative COVID-19 take-at-home rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours of the event. All audience members must remain masked for the duration of the performance.
Because this is an intimate performance with limited seating, and because proof of vaccination is required, tickets must be reserved in advance. Admission will not be sold at the door.
For more information visit Guerilla Opera online at guerillaopera.org!