Des Moines Metro Opera Presents Fellow Travelers

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Des Moines Metro Opera Presents
Fellow Travelers

Saturday, July 11
7:30 PM
Reserved Seating: $25, $50, $75
ON SALE: Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 AM

A love that dare not speak its name

In partnership with One Iowa, Capital City Pride and the Hoyt Sherman Place Foundation

Set in 1950s Washington, D.C. amidst the oft-overlooked “Lavender Scare,” a US government employment purge that resulted in thousands of firings and resignations of men and women believed to be members of the LGBTQ+ community, Fellow Travelers tells the story of a forbidden love between Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate, and Hawkins Fuller, an official at the State Department. As Tim struggles to reconcile his faith, his political beliefs, and his new-found passion, Hawkins takes an increasingly cavalier attitude towards their relationship, ultimately ending in betrayal and heartbreak.

Opera News called Fellow Travelers “ absorbing, gripping, throroughly attractive piece with considerable contemporary relevance and complex, three-dimensional characters." The budding attraction between Tim and Hawkins has "all the infectious warmth, humor, and sweetness of the early scenes in La Bohéme,” said the New York Times. “With its smart music and sharp-edged romantic drama, Fellow Travelers seems assured of lasting appeal.”

MUSIC BY: Gregory Spears

LIBRETTO BY: Greg Pierce

BASED ON: "Fellow Travelers" by Thomas Mallon

PREMIERED: 17 June 2016; Cincinnati Opera

SUNG IN: English (with English supertitles)


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