Opera to be screened at Lincoln City Cultural Center

“Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser,” is a made-for-the-screen opera that will be shown on Wednesday, July 17, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. (Courtesy photo by Bernie Wire)

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is proud to present a screening of the ground-breaking “Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser,” an episodic made-for-the-screen opera composed by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte.

This screening will also feature a discussion and Q & A with the composer, coming to Oregon just for this event. The event takes place on Wednesday, July 17, at the LCCC, located at 540 NE Highway 101.

Witchcraft … psychoanalysis … fantasy … for generations, visionary young girls have inspired fascination and fear. Enter the world of Vireo, a gifted teenage girl who finds herself slipping through time between centuries past and present. This opera weaves a tale of witches, doctors, priests and one girl’s journey of self-discovery.

Filmed in 12 parts, Vireo’s story takes viewers to iconic locations across the country (including Alcatraz) and features performances by world-renowned musicians like the Kronos Quartet, violinist Jennifer Koh, soprano Deborah Voigt and many more.

The screening will begin at 6 p.m., with a break at 8 p.m. At intermission, there will be a complimentary delivery of dinner from M & P Thai in Lincoln City. Tickets are $25 for the screening and Q & A, and $35 to include dinner.

To learn more about the creative team and this innovative approach to operatic storytelling, head to www.operavireo.org.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, classes and visitor information inside the former Delake School in Lincoln City. For more information, call 541-994-9994, or go online at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.