'Steal a Pencil for Me' by Deborah Brevoort Opens in January

December 4, 2017

Opera Colorado is presenting the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me, a new Opera with libretto by Faculty member Deborah Brevoort with music by Almunus Gerald Cohen '93. “In this intimate opera, Cohen and Brevoort tell the true story of a group of Dutch Jews who are deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the last year of World War II. Surrounded by horrors of the Holocaust, Jaap and Manja Polak’s already fragile marriage dissolves as he turns his attention to Ina Soep” says the description. The production will open January 25th.


“It was a simple story, to be sure – of ordinary breakfasts, and butter for bread – but it nevertheless held great power and ultimately enabled them to survive. When everything is taken away, only the essential remains,"  said Brevoort who teaches in the Playwriting concentration.


Additionally, on Sunday, January 14, 2018, excerpts of her Brevoort's Opera Albert Nobbs will be part of the American Lyric Theatre Composers and Librettists in Concert, an evening that highlights the work of artists who have dramatically impacted the landscape of contemporary opera. Albert Nobbs also has music by Patrick Soluri and was a finalist in the 2018 Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize. The concert is at the Kaufman Music Center and also features The House Without a Christmas Tree by Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek and Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers by Kamala Sankaram and David Johnston. You can get tickets here.


Brevoort received the Paul Green Award from the National Theatre Conference for her musical book writing and a Performing Artist/Writer Research Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in 2012. She has received grants and commissions from the NEA, Rockefeller Foundation, NYFA, CEC Arts Link, New Jersey Arts Council, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Danish American Society, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Brown University, The Harburg Foundation, Banff Playwright’s Colony and others.  She received the Joe Calloway Award and was a MacDowell Fellow. She has done residencies in Canada, Mexico, Australia, Denmark and the Czech and Slovak Republics. She is a resident artist at the American Lyric Theater and a member of ASCAP.