Illustration for Liebovar, a Children’s Opera

I have worked with composer and librettist Misha Dutka before, illustrating the poster for his children’s opera The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. Recently Boheme Opera NJ performed a beautiful concert version of Misha’s full length opera Liebovar, or The Little Blind Girl, at the 1867 Sanctuary in New Jersey. Liebovar‘s plot has an opera-within-an-opera, and now Delaware Valley Opera Company plans to mount the short children’s opera that is within the larger story of Liebovar, in the fall. Misha asked me to do an illustration to advertise this performance.

Misha explained that the children’s opera involves the same young girl I depicted in the art for the full length work, a blind girl in a WWII concentration camp –

– but in this fairy-tale-type opera she is a poor peasant girl wandering through the woods, and befriended by various animals – a squirrel, a turtle, a fawn and a duckling. As soon as he described this I sketched a rough idea quickly, which he then approved:

I tightened up the pencil drawing –

and did a colored pencil color sketch first –

and then the final painting, in acrylic washes over prisma pencil, on illustration board. Below is the poster with text added for the event.

Simple Websites

website_screenshotsI created my own AchillesPortfolio website on WordPress, which has been a blessing since I can easily update my blog and site pages myself. It took a little time to learn but WordPress makes it fairly easy to develop a site with no coding experience. From time to time I am asked to create websites for small businesses and, as long as they are indeed fairly simple, I can build them fairly quickly on WordPress.

I presently manage two sites other than my own – one for local landscape painter Ned Jordan, whose paintings of my local area, the Jersey shore and the Maine coast I really find beautiful.  The other is for composer/librettist Misha Dutka.  I met Misha through the Bucks County Gilbert & Sullivan Society and a while back I illustrated the promotional pieces for his opera for children. He is promoting his newest work, a grand opera titled Liebovar, to opera companies and agents, and wanted a basic website to which he can direct people to view his resume of work.

I recommend taking a look at these two talented artists – through their websites!

 

 

‘The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge,’ a new opera for children

I finished the art for this delightful new short operatic work aimed at children, written by Misha Dutka, which will premier on September 26 in Ft. Washington Park in Manhattan. As I wrote in a previous post, the story is based on a 1950s children’s book about the red lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge – and it’s just perfect that the opera will be performed right there, where the lighthouse still stands.

For publicity purposes I put the poster in an eblast that the author can email out to all his musical friends, and I added the featured singers:

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The links in the image are not live, so I’ll repeat them here – for info on the festival, click here and for the Facebook page about the opera itself, click here.