Pittsburgh Opera
Music Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Royce Vavrek 
directed by Jennifer Williams, music director Mark Trawka
sets Julia Noulin-Merat, lights  Todd Nonn, costumes Richard Parkasian, 
​hair & makeup Nicole Pagano
with Laurel Semerdjian, Adelaide Boedecker, Adam Bonanni, Matthew Scollin, Brian Vu
Photos by david bachman
Music review: Pittsburgh Opera creates a
Parisian salon in the Strip
February 25, 2016 12:00 AM
By Elizabeth Bloom / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the program notes, stage director Jennifer Williams described her vision of immersive theater, “a style of theatrical storytelling in which the audience is fully included in the world of the opera from the moment you enter the building” — hence, the tea cups. (It’s worth noting that the company had reserved that seat for me, although other audience members joined the fun, too.). Originally scored for orchestra, this version used two pianos (Karen Jeng and James Lesniak) that felt appropriate for the salon atmosphere. Ms. Williams’ production and Julia Noulin-Merat’s set did a lot with a little: a colorfully painted sheet served as the floor of the salon; large empty picture frames came to life, while other paintings covered the wall...

Review: Pittsburgh Opera production about Gertrude Stein a winner
​Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 
by Mark Kanny 
The new production in the black box theater at the opera's headquarters was particularly handsome. Set designer Julia Noulin-Merat filled the walls with original and aptly stylish paintings and created an appealingly abstract and colorful design for the floor.

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