“The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep”  A chamber opera by Hannah Lash, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen Performed by loadbang and Hannah Lash Directed and designed by Luke Leonard  Commissioned by American Opera Projects  New Mexico productions produced by American Opera Projects in association with Chatter   Production History   2019, Morse Recital Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT  2019, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico  2019, Las Puertas, Albuquerque, New Mexico
 Michael Lewis (Macbeth), Elizabeth Chennell (Witch 1) Photo by Lyz Turner-Clark  ”No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach” - Donald Trump  ​Mr Macbeth has a born-to-rule complex and delusions of grandeur. He lives with his foreign-born third wife in a McMansion, trading in wobbly millions and embroiled in dodgy deals, manipulating his minions as a hands-on property developer.  Life takes a turn for the bizarre, when he sees three witches in a forest acclaiming his future glory - a vision backed up by a loyal and trusty aide. Macbeth takes the supernatural prediction to heart. When fate hands them an opportunity, Mr Macbeth and his aspirational wife seize the day, with bloody resolve and dire consequences.  Gertrude Opera commissioned a reimagined Verdi score by US composer, Peter Stopschinski - orchestration for electric violin, electric guitar, trombone, double bass, keyboard and percussion - bringing a 21st century aural sensibility to Verdi's sublime melodies. In a production conceived by Linda Thompson, directed and designed by Luke Leonard with costumes by Alison Heryer, a cast of 12 present an 80-minute version, sung in English. Set in fantasy Scotland where modernity and heritage merge, the opera premiered in the Underground Cellar at Mitchelton winery, with Australia's most revered Verdi baritone, MICHAEL LEWIS OAM, in the title role.  Artistic Director: LINDA THOMPSON Stage Director/Production Designer: LUKE LEONARD Verdi 're-imagined' by Composer PETER STOPSCHINKSI Conductor: WARWICK STENGARDS Costume Designer: ALISON HERYER