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Carroll County Arts Center

A Pregnant Pause (WORLD PREMIERE)

New chamber opera, with music by Garth Baxter, with Libretto by Alize Francheska Rozsnyai and concept by Annie Gill.

A Pregnant Pause (WORLD PREMIERE)
A Pregnant Pause (WORLD PREMIERE)

Time & Location

Apr 12, 2024, 7:30 PM EDT – Apr 13, 2024, 9:00 PM EDT

Carroll County Arts Center, 91 W Main St, Westminster, MD 21157, USA

About the event

one pregnancy test.

two potential outcomes.

For three sopranos (Serena, Pro Angel, Con Angel) and pianist.

The opera takes place in a simple bathroom — a tub, a sink, and a mirror are the only set pieces.

We follow Serena as she waits for the results of a home pregnancy test. She doesn't know if she wants to be pregnant or not. She is visited by two angels, both herself. One angel argues in favor of being pregnant and the other against it.

"When are you a person?

When do you have a soul?

Do you laugh inside me at twenty weeks old?

A spark ignited into being,

or a spirit from another place?

How much life will you give me?

How much life will you take?

Perhaps when we give birth a

piece of us is stripped away

And giving unto another,

we're replaced day by day

Through sacrifice, we're fragmented:

the siphoning of our souls.." 

   --Alize Francheska Rozsnyai

Serena: Alize Francheska Rozsnyai

Pro Angel: Katie Procell

Con Angel: Annie Gill

also featuring

Soprano Alicia Woodberry will perform four moving art songs related to the theme of the opera prior to its premiere.

with help from  Katherine Baxter, VP and Treasurer, The Modern Traditionalist

Composer: Garth Baxter

Librettist: Alize Francheska Rosznyai

Director and Scenic Designer: Steven Strosnider

Music Director and Pianist: Aaron Thacker

Costume Designer: Lora Strosnider

Hair and Wig Designer: Sandy Baker

​More info available at: https://www.pregnantpauseopera.com/

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