Peabody Opera Theatre’s 2019 production of The Falling and the Rising has garnered First Place in Division V of the National Opera Association’s 2019-2020 Opera Production Competition. The opera, by Zach Redler and Jerre Dye, is based on actual experiences of American soldiers in Afghanistan. Peabody’s production was praised by the national panel of judges for “Wonderful, three-dimensional performances from all four singers who had extended monologue scenes” and “a powerful, theatrical and musically satisfying production of this new work.” Samuel Mungo, associate professor and managing director of Peabody Opera Theatre, directed the production with JoAnn Kulesza, associate professor and music director of Peabody Opera Theatre, conducting.
This is the second honor for Peabody Opera this year. In August, it’s production of Kirke Mechem’s Pride and Prejudice was named Best of Baltimore- Reader’s Choice Play or Performance for 2020.