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Met Opera Star Makes SB Debut

Jennifer Aylmer as Rodelinda at the Portland Opera in 2008.

Long Island native Jennifer Aylmer, a star of the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera, makes her Stony Brook directorial debut with the Stony Brook Opera in a series of performances around Suffolk County.

The Fall Opera Scenes performance will be comprised of operas in English by Kurt Weill, Benjamin Britten, and Igor Stravinsky. In a musically diverse program, scenes will be performed from Weill’s beloved opera Street Scene, which first opened on Broadway with a libretto by the great Langston Hughes. The program’s largest portion will be devoted to Stravinsky’s masterpiece, The Rake’s Progress. This major collaboration with W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman is a modern re-telling of the Faust story. Also included on the program are Britten’s operas The Turn of the Screw and The Rape of Lucretia. Music direction is by Stony Brook faculty member and nationally recognized conductor Timothy Long.

Free preview performances will be at Brookhaven National Laboratory at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 18, and at the Sachem Public Library at 1:30 pm on Sunday, November 22.

The Staller Center Staller Recital Hall performance is at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24. General admission tickets are $10, with $5 tickets for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the Staller Center box office prior to the performance.

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For more information about Fall Opera Scenes, please contact Timothy Long at (917) 714-6028 or

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