Composer/producer Roger Dannenberg is presenting The Mother of Fishes, co-composed with Jorge Sastre, at CAPA Theater on Feb. 15-16. Pittsburgh Technology Council CEO/TechVibe Radio Co-Host Audrey Russo talks to Roger Dannenberg about the upcoming performance.

Here are some highlights of the opera:

• The Mother of Fishes is a classic tale of love, adventure, and magic, based on the Valencian story, La Mare dels Peixos.

• This professional production features six soloists, a 30-piece orchestra, chorus and electronics ensemble. The cast includes Raquel Winnica Young, Eugene Perry, Kevin Adamik, Franklin Mosley, Elizabeth Camele, and Desirée Soteres. The Alia Musica Pittsburgh orchestra will be conducted by Federico Garcia-De Castro. Seamus Ricci is the director, and costumes are by Hedy Hurban.

• With an emphasis on community engagement, the opera will include a chorus from Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 school as well as live electronics created and performed by student members of the Antithesis ensemble.

• In cooperation with the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a portion of every ticket will go to alleviate hunger. Patrons can set their own ticket price ($25 is suggested).

• The Mother of Fishes was originally written in Valencian, and premiered in December 2016, in Valencia, Spain. The opera has been performed in full again in Valencia and Mexico City in 2019. This Pittsburgh performance will be the premiere of a new English translation by the composers.

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