“Ms. Hargrove’s Acquanetta (‘I am your beautiful monster,’ she sings) is both mistress and captive of the close-ups in which she is usually framed.”
The world premiere of Joseph C. Phillips’s mono-opera, The Grey Land at
Roulette Intermedium. Photo credit Wolf Daniel.
The soprano Rebecca L. Hargrove sings the sole role, portraying a black mother struggling to raise her son in modern America.
But all of the singers relished their characters’ quirks, from Lucas Levy as the nostalgic Italian father of the groom to Rebecca Hargrove’s imperious wedding planner.
Rebecca Hargrove’s soprano and Anthony P. McGlaun’s youthful tenor worked particularly well together.
Rebecca Hargrove, who is moving, [while] only [singing] at the scene of the funeral, was about to steal the work.