Queen Boudicca: A Metal Opera
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This world premiere performance of Queen Boudicca: A Metal Opera tells the story of Boudicca, queen of the ancient Britons, who led a devastating revolt against Roman occupation. Her story is one of the greatest tales of courage and heroism in Celtic history, one that every schoolchild would know—if Boudicca had been a man.
The production features Berklee alumna Ava Gaudet as Queen Boudicca. Gaudet has appeared on Broadway as Maureen and Mimi in Rent and has numerous film and television credits including N.C.I.S., Mike and Molly, The Exes, and Private Practice. It also includes current Berklee students in the metal band, metal and traditional vocal soloists, strings, woodwinds, and Berklee’s Crepesculum choir. Though silent for thousands of years, reproductions of unique, ancient Celtic instruments like the carnyx war trumpet and the warrior’s lyre (a distant ancestor of the modern guitar) also appear for the first time in the 21st century.
Queen Boudicca: A Metal Opera is an original dramatic opera composed by Robert E. Schlink, associate professor in Berklee's Ensemble Department, and his son, Berklee alumnus Robert C. Schlink. It is directed by Rhode Island director and actor Carol Schlink.