byron nilsson

Actor, writer, raconteur

This one-act parody opera by Carl Blum features music of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and others re-worked into the tale of two orphaned nieces and the marriage quest of a ship's captain.

The original German 1817 libretto has been updated and translated by Byron Nilsson, who is also the stage director. This production features two former Glimmerglass Festival young artists: Yvonne Trobe, soprano and Joelle Lachance, mezzo-soprano along with Ohio Light Opera baritone Vince Gover.

The pit orchestra consists of flute, violin, guitar and piano (it's the original orchestration, Carl Blum was a fine guitarist). All three singers are veterans of Ohio Light Opera, and Trobe and Lachance are also former Glimmerglass Festival young artists. Mr. Gover is also a composer. His one act pandemic operetta Lend Me a Roll has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube.

The singers will be accompanied by Musicians of Ma'alwyck.


Performances and ticket info (follow the links:)


7 pm Thursday, May 19 at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls, NY.


7:30 pm Saturday, May 21 at Glen Conservancy Hall, Fultonville, NY.


3 pm Sunday, May 22 at Schuyler Mansion, Albany, NY.