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The Wild Beast of

The Bungalow

An Oberlin Conservatory production
Our annual collaboration with the Oberlin Opera Theater for {NOW} Fest '20 features this World Premiere Production

Music by Rachel J. Peters
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Directed by Christopher Mirto
Conducted by Joseph Hodge

Warner Concert Hall - Oberlin College Jan. 29 - Feb. 2

FREE Admission 

Performance Dates / Times:


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020, 7:30 P.M.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020, 7:30 P.M.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020, 7:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2020, 7:30 P.M.

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Quirky and darkly comic, The Wild Beast of the Bungalow follows an 11-year-old girl through a triptych of short operas. In “Mermaid in the Jar,” she begins a reign of terror over a most unwelcome living gift. The girl divorces her real parents in “Prairie Dogs” and creates her own taxidermied prairie dog family, only to find that they are not the affectionate substitutes she’d hoped for. Finally, in “Fine and Dandy,” she is quarantined in her room, facing forces she cannot control: the Fine and Dandies, a barbershop quartet of chicken pox, and her mother’s own ’60s-style girl group of illness, the Shingles.


The Wild Beast of the Bungalow is the inaugural work presented by the Oberlin Opera Commissioning Project, made possible by Elizabeth and Justus ’71 Schlichting.

Oberlin’s production is directed by Assistant Professor of Opera Theater Christopher Mirto and conducted by Joseph Hodge.


A talkback with special guests follows each performance.

Cleveland Opera Theater sponsors the performance and talkback January 29.

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