April 18, 2011
Jakubiak and Poulis Star in Minnesota Opera's "Wuthering Heights"

Minnesota Opera's production of Wuthering Heights, composed by legendary Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, opens on April 16. BVA singers Sara Jakubiak and Lee Poulis sing the lead roles of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff.

The opera is a quintessential pairing of Emily Brontë’s gothic romance with a dazzling score by legendary Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. Unable to bridge the chasm of social class, Heathcliff and Catherine are consumed by a love that can never be, and its legacy haunts the windswept Yorkshire moors. The production is the first major revival of Herrmann’s only opera and celebrates the centennial of the composer’s birth.

Composer Bernard Herrmann (1911–1975) was a Hollywood legend – an Academy Award-winning American composer who scored almost every Alfred Hitchcock soundtrack from 1955 to 1964, including Psycho, Vertigo and North by Northwest, and his numerous unforgettable collaborations include Citizen Kane with Orson Welles and Taxi Driver with Martin Scorsese. His iconic cinematic style infuses Wuthering Heights, which expertly underscores the passion, prejudice and mystery of Emily Brontë’s classic novel. Though Herrmann completed Wuthering Heights in 1951 (which was partially penned in Minneapolis), the opera did not see its premiere until 1982, when it was staged by Portland Opera.

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