SISTER CARRIE: A World-Premiere Opera

NEA Artworks awards the Florentine Opera a $35,000 grant to produce and record commercially  the world premiere production of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s Sister Carrie in October, 2016 in Uihlein Hall.

October 7 & 9, 2016

at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are on-sale now*
or call (414) 291-5700 ext. 224



*Subscriber seating is held in reserve through the 2016/17 subscription renewal period. Florentine Opera subscribers will be able to pre-select the opera in reservation prior to the season renewal period. 


The Florentine Opera will build, mount, and professionally record the world-premiere production of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s newest opera, Sister Carrie.  Based on the novel of the same name written by Theodore Dreiser in 1900, the opera captures and reveals America at a pivotal juncture in the country’s social history, as factories industrialized and large segments of the rural populace flooded into the urban sea of humanity.  Against this backdrop, Aldridge and Garfein have written an opera that brims and bustles with this monumental American moment.


A workshop performance was held at the Florentine Opera Center in May 2014.
Click the video above to listen a sample of Sister Carrie.
This song is called “Everything Is Paid For”, performed by Adriana Zabala.

For a Synopsis and notes from librettist Herschel Garfein click here.

Click Here for the May 22, 2014 Lake Effect interview (prior to the 2014 opera-workshop).
Interview by Bonnie North with Adriana Zabala, Robert Aldridge, and David Walsh

Creative Team:

Bill Florescu (Director)

William Boggs (Conductor)

Robert Aldridge (Composer)

Herschel Garfein (Librettist)



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