Buried Alive


Scenic and Costume Designer: Zane Philstrom; Production Designer: S. Katy Tucker; Lighting Designer: Josh Epstein
Lawrence Edelson, Director
Fargo Moorhead Opera (world premiere) 2014; Fort Worth Opera 2016

“Mr. Myers’s impressive score draws from diverse contemporary styles. There are stretches of hazy, wayward chords spiked with unnerving clusters. During tense episodes, skittish orchestral lines flail wildly. Mr. Myers elicits a wide range of sounds and colors... Sometimes fraught exchanges between singers are prodded along by stubbornly repetitive instrumental riffs. Other times, thick chords cling insistently to every syllable of the sung words. The starkly vivid production, directed by Lawrence Edelson with sets by Zane Pihlstrom, inventively employs rows of video screens that hover over the stage.”

- The New York Times

”Librettist Quincy Long and composer Jeffrey Myers have woven a frightening story of a painter whose nightmares of death manifest themselves in his life. In the midst of video screen projections and supernatural lighting, we are never quite sure if he’s dreaming or awake. These state-of-the-art effects were designed to dreadfully spooky success by video designer S. Katy Tucker and lighting designer Joshua Epstein.... Director Lawrence Edelson artfully brought together all the creative elements of the regional premier, making Buried Alive glow with supernatural splendor on a blustery Texas eve.”

- The Column