Tempe, AZ

The Old Man and the Sea Tickets

The Old Man and the Sea Tickets
The Old Man and the Sea: What to expect - 1
The Old Man and the Sea Tickets

About The Old Man and the Sea

World premiere of this contemporary opera! THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA is a new multi-lingual opera from composer Paola Prestini, librettist Royce Vavrek and director Karmina Šilec based on and further inspired by the novel by Ernest Hemingway. The work tells the story of an old fisherman who desperately wants one last great catch, and whose obsession leads him to dangerous maritime territory off the Cuban coast. We follow the man as he encounters man-of-wars, sharks, and a giant marlin that he keeps on his fishing line for two long days and nights, until he finally returns to Havana exhausted with nothing but the skeletal remains of the fish he hoped to be a symbol of his strength and virility. The opera interpolates additional stories based on oral accounts of elders who look back on their lives and livelihoods through the prism of untaught life-lessons that allowed them to self-actualize. The dual tracks of the Hemingway story and portraits of quotidian life combine to create a look at aging, legacy and our relationship to the ocean. The work is being created for a small principal cast of five older singers and one young child, a choir, Jeffrey Zeigler’s solo cello and small instrumental ensemble with electronics and foley.

Start date

November 4th, 2023

End date

November 4th, 2023



Everyone needs a ticket regardless of age, including infants in arms.


ASU Gammage

1200 S Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ, United States, 85281


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