Berkeley-boy Benjamin Turner turns sweet sixteen in 1978. His bi-racial, Californian strut makes him out of step in the world of Springfield, Massachusetts -- until he meets Terrence, an outcast with a secret, and larger-than-life former opera diva, Barbara Scarlatti. Opera and spiritual singer Marian Anderson appears as Benjamin's ghost-angel, guiding him through unexpected twists and turns. Arias and gospel fuse together to create songs that bleed the color of passion. Suddenly, a gray winter in New England is enchanted as Benjamin realizes his talent for opera and discovers his belief in magic as he is transformed by the power of love. Bel Canto is a dreamlike orchestration of the clash between the high world of opera and the jagged cadences of an new life in gray Massachusetts.
After attaining the Rockefeller Foundation's coveted MAP grant, Bel Canto was chosen for development at the 2002 Sundance Institute theatre lab. American Theatre Magazine recently dubbed Daniel Alexander Jones one of fifteen up and coming artists to watch in the 21st century. Bel Canto will receive its world premiere in June 2003 in Boston, MA - Actor's Express is proud to present the second production of this beautifully lyrical love story.
". . . A sweet story of first love and an undercurrent of searing loss, operatic arias, and Jimi Hendrix riffs. Somehow it all comes together in a story that feels at once logical and surprising."
-- Boston Globe