The Highest Yellow: Healing Vincent Van Gogh
Music & Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Libretto by John Strand
Performances in Kimball Recital Hall
Friday, February 21, 2020 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 23 – 7:30 pm
Any mention of Vincent van Gogh is likely to bring to mind the fact that he severed his ear. Our opera tells the story of the six months immediately following the night he infamously cut off his ear. Vincent was brought to the local hospital where he was treated by a young intern, Dr. Félix Rey. Dr. Rey believed he could help Vincent recover from the sickness that drove Vincent into psychotic episodes. History reveals that Dr. Rey and Vincent developed a friendship. Through a mingling of fact and fiction in THE HIGHEST YELLOW, we discover what that friendship may have been.
LaChiusa’s score draws inspiration from period French mélodies and a wide-ranging palette of bold styles audibly painting the inner lives of a small cast of characters—each hoping to find the highest yellow, the light that extinguishes life’s darkness.
UNL Opera is proud to present the first full production of this new opera-cum-musical, since the work’s commission by the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre. Director of this production, Prof. Alisa Belflower is thrilled to share this glorious new work with you. This is a spectacular event not to missed!
Presented in 2 acts with a brief intermission.
Running time is approximately 2 hours.
Tickets: Adults $20; Students/Seniors $10. For advance ticket sales, contact the Lied Center Box Office, 402-472-4747