Evil queens make for a good story, even in opera.
Composer Seymour Barab, who died earlier this year at age 93, borrowed from a Grimm Brothers fairy tale, the story of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, and turned it into an opera.
On Dec. 5-6, Tri-City vocalist Carisa Simpson will sing the role of the Evil Queen in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at the Kennewick East Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kennewick.
“This will be a one-act opera, fully staged, that lasts 45 minutes,” Simpson said. “It is mostly sung, with a few spoken lines thrown in. It’s the story you know with a slight twist and the Queen getting her comeuppance in the end.”
Also performing in the opera will be Jessica Madsen as Snow White, Aaron Stites as the Huntsman, Allen Madsen as the Prince, Bailey Simpson as the Prime Minister and CJ Simpson as the voice of the mirror. There also will be seven very cute kids playing the dwarfs, she added.
Opening the show will be a 50-voice choir singing a few Christmas tunes. Allen Madsen will accompany the choir on piano as well as provide the music for the opera.
“This show is the perfect way to introduce opera to your family, because it is a well-known story with an amazing cast,” Simpson said. “I’m thrilled to be performing it in my hometown. It will be a fun night.”
There will be performances at 7 p.m. each night at the church, 515 S. Union St., Kennewick. Admission is free.