Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 7:30pm
Arnold Rosner The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane* (1984)
Megan Pachecano, Lady Jane Grey
James Demler, Earl of Arundel
David Salsbery Fry, Earl of Pembroke
Aaron Engebreth, John Dudley
Krista River, Lady Dudley
Eric Carey, Guilford Dudley
William Hite, Henry Grey
Rebecca Krouner, Frances Grey
Gene Stenger, A minstrel

Gil Rose, conductor

*World Premiere

The nine-day reign of Henry VII's great-granddaughter ended with one of English history's notorious beheadings when Mary Tudor's supporters claimed the crown in 1553. The poignant story of Lady Jane Grey is presented by BMOP and Odyssey Opera in a world premiere by Arnold Rosner, a composer whose work is both genre busting and intensely emotional.

The opera runs approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes.

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News and Press

[Concert Review] Concert Review: Odyssey Opera's "The Chronicle of Nine"

Last week was a good one for Odyssey Opera. On Sunday, the company netted its first Grammy. Then, on Saturday, it continued its Tudor-themed season with the world premiere of Arnold Rosner’s 1984 opera The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane at Jordan Hall.

The Arts Fuse Full review
[Concert Review] Queen for Nine Days Reigns at Jordan Hall

Jordan Hall in Boston was the setting for a concert version of Arnold Rosner’s The Chronicle of Nine.  His only opera for full orchestra is having its world premiere. Gil Rose, recent Grammy winner for best recorded opera, finds treasures in the archives and brings them to our attention.  We are fortunate indeed.

Berkshire Fine Arts Full review
[Concert Review] Chronicle of Nine a slow-building triumph

When I was still a student at the College-Conservatory of Music, I had a professor who once told the class that you could not have an opinion on a work of media unless you’ve experienced the work as a whole. Some in media criticism might call such an approach a lazy way out, but it is astounding how much can change about a work as you sit with it and wholly experience it.

Schmopera Full review
[Concert Review] A musical maverick's opera premieres, 35 years late

Arnold Rosner’s “The Chronicle of Nine: The Tragedy of Queen Jane” is an operatic oddity of the first degree. Written on spec and finished in 1984, its score opens a portal to an alternate universe where the roughly two centuries of musical history between the death of Monteverdi and the premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 never happened. Decades after its completion, it had never been performed or recorded in full.

The Boston Globe Full review
[Concert Review] Compelling music, inert drama in belated premiere of "The Chronicle of Nine"

During the early months of 1554, Lady Jane Grey sat anxiously in the Tower of London. She had come there the previous summer to be crowned Queen of England, taking over from Edward VI, who had died unexpectedly from tuberculosis. But instead, the tower had become her prison. As the English public united around the legitimate queen Mary Tudor, Jane, declared guilty of treason, awaited her execution by beheading.

Boston Classical Review Full review