VOIR DIRE – World Premiere

ORDER IN THE COURT! FWOPERA’S 2014 FRONTIERS SHOWCASE WINNER PRESENTS SHOCKING, FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS OF THE BRUTAL WORLD OF LEGAL DRAMA.

Matthew Peterson Composer
Jason Zencka Librettist

The operatic action continues across the street from Bass Hall at McDavid Studio, with the 2017 Opera Unbound production of Voir Dire. Written by composer Matthew Peterson and librettist Jason Zencka, this gut-wrenching true-crime opera was selected as a winner of the 2014 FWOpera Frontiers showcase, and returns to the Festival stage this season for its world premiere. Adapted from various court cases witnessed by the librettist during his time as a crime reporter, the opera takes place in a courtroom and plays out in a series of lurid vignettes that give audiences an insider’s look into the disturbing, explicit, savagely brutal world of legal drama.

The small ensemble cast features Nate Mattingly (Hamlet, Frontiers) and the Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artists, Anna Laurenzo (Buried Alive | Embedded, Frontiers), Trevor Martin (The Barber of Seville, Frontiers), Christina Pecce, and Andrew Surrena. Voir Dire will be directed by FWOpera favorite David Gately (La Traviata, The Barber of Seville) and conducted by Viswa Subbaraman in his FWOpera debut.

Mature audiences only. Graphic language. Adult content. 
Not recommended for audience members under the age of 18.

VOIR DIRE – World Premiere Cast & Crew

  • David GatelyDirectorWebsite

  • Nathan MattinglyJudge Dodsworth

  • Anna LaurenzoMezzo-Soprano

  • Trevor MartinBaritone

  • Viswa SubbaramanConductor

  • Matthew PetersonComposer

  • Jason ZenckaLibrettist