An American Quartet


Conducted by Nicholas Fox
Directed by Allison Narver
*ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES ADDED: 2/20 & 2/22. Please note that the performances on February 7, 9, 13, and 15 are sold out. 

Charming & delectable

Visit our black box theatre for an intimate evening of four American one-act operas. In Menotti’s The Telephone, constant calling interrupts a young man’s intentions. In Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, four card players share their fears, hopes, and frustrations. In Moore’s Gallantry we witness a television soap-opera opera (complete with a live soap commercial); and in Hoiby’s Bon Appétit! we’ll savor the words of Julia Child in a transcript of how to bake the perfect French chocolate cake.


All four operas are performed in English with English captions.
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, with 1 intermission.

Gian Carlo Menotti | The Telephone
Samuel Barber | A Hand of Bridge
Douglas Moore | Gallantry
Lee Hoiby | Bon Appétit!

Join us for these slices of life at The Gregory K. and Mary Chomenko Hinckley Studio Theatre, and enjoy complimentary chocolate cake after the performance.

Listen for the expertly compact composition of each piece—filled with character, expression, and wit.


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Tickets are $72.


The performance of An American Quartet on February 9 at 2 PM will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our Patron Services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.


Julia Child
Angela Niederloh

Camille Sherman

Ben, David, Doctor Gregg
Geoffrey Schellenberg

Nicholas Fox

Allison Narver