Jake Heggie

To Hell and Back

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Arlington Street Church
351 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Jake Heggie’s one-act opera To Hell and Back follows two women who have become complicit in their own belittlement at the hands of an abusive man. This story explores their journey towards self-redemption and empowerment, through the modern retelling of The Rape of Persephone. The performance will be followed by a talk-back featuring speakers from the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry’s domestic violence safehouse, which will provide resources about how to identity and combat domestic violence for people and relationships within any demographic. 20% of all ticket proceeds will be donated to UUUM’s domestic violence safehouse.

Jennifer Soloway, soprano

Ann Fogler, mezzo-soprano

Jean Collier, piano and Music Director

Patricia Weinmann, Stage Director

Music by Jake Heggie

Libretto by Gene Scheer

In order to help you best prepare for the opera, please note that “To Hell and Back” contains sensitive material referencing intimate partner violence.

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