The Scarlet Professor: An Evening of Discussion & Song
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 7 pm
The Unitarian Society, 220 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Co-sponsored by Historic Northampton and the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence
An Evening of Discussion & Song
Award-winning biographer Barry Werth and composer Eric Sawyer will describe how they and librettest Harley Erdman transformed the powerful story of Newton Arvin into a new opera, premiering at Smith College on September 15.
Acclaimed vocalists William Hite, Keith Phares and Sarah Pelletier will offer selections, accompanied by the composer.
Questions and discussion to follow.
Suggested Donation: $10
The Scarlet Professor Opera
This new opera based on Barry Werth's award-winning book tells the story of Newton Arvin, a renowned literature professor at Smith College who in 1960 was arrested and disgraced for receiving erotic images of men through the mail. Arvin was a scholar of Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the opera brings episodes from The Scarlet Letter together with the unfolding drama of Arvin's arrest and trial.
Performances will be held on September 15-17 and September 23-24 at Smith College.
Tickets for this major new American opera are now available at www.thescarletprofessoropera.com