OUR AMERICAN ODYSSEY opera premiere production:


OUR AMERICAN ODYSSEY is inspired by Homer's THE ODYSSEY and the currents of our time, blending the worlds of mythological and modern men and women. The music is lyric, dramatic, and comic; a contemporary opera/music theater/minimalism/world music blend. 




Penelope, fiber artist, loyal wife of Odysseus -- Mary Martin, soprano 
Odysseus, stockbroker, wandering warrior husband of Penelope -- Seth Johnson, tenor
Cyclops, monster/Antinous, suitor’s ringleader -- Carl Ratner, bass-baritone   
Circe, New Age Malibu Spiritual Retreat entrepreneur -- Elizabeth Schleicher, soprano  
Calypso, Cayman Islands resort owner -- Eleni Taluzek, mezzo soprano      
Clea, immigrant, Penelope’s studio assistant -- Emma Sorenson, mezzo soprano  

Maids and Suitors, SATB Chorus – Brittney Hale, Kaitlyn Meyer, Victoria Schemenauer, Danni-Jo Rausch, Quin Wezeman, Casey Constant, George Zielke, Dan Newton,Tim McFeeters

Ellis Anderson, Piano


Marjorie M. Rusche, Composer/Librettist

Hannah McDermott & Laurel Thomas, Text Contributors 

Juan Carlos Alarcon, Conductor

Addie Pfeiffer, Chorus Master

Carl Ratner, Stage Director

Coley Mroczek, Stage/Production Manager

Damen Mroczek, Scenic Designer

Emily Chidalek, Costume Designer

Ethan Brentlinger, Lighting Designer

Hannah Counsellor, Graphic Designer

Emanuel-Cristian Caraman, South Bend Lyric Opera Artistic Director

Stephanie Rizk, South Bend Lyric Opera Director of Programs


VENUE:  Joshi Performance Hall, Indiana University South Bend 

The Louise E. Addicott and Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall is located on the first floor in the west wing of Northside Hall, across from the elevators. Parking is available in the upper Northside Hall lot off of 20th street. Room NS158.

Louise E. Addicott & Yatish J. Joshi Performance Hall  
1825 Northside Blvd, South Bend, IN. (574) 520-4203

Joshi Performance Hall is located on the campus of Indiana University South Bend, 1700 E Mishawaka Ave, South Bend, IN. 

From Chicago:  Take I-90E then I-90E/ I-80E (Indiana Toll Road). Drive around 95 miles.Take the second South Bend, IN exit (South Bend/NotreDame). Turn right (south) on BUS 31. Turn left (east) on E Angela Blvd, which skirts the south edge of the University of Notre Dame campus. Turn right (south) on Twyckenham Drive. Turn left (east) on Mishawaka Avenue, which skirts the north edge of Indiana University South Bend. Turn right (south) on 20th St. Turn right (west) on Vine St. into an IUSB parking lot. Walk south and slightly west to the northwestern entrance to Northside Hall. Joshi Performance Hall is just inside the double doors to the right.

TIME: 7:30 p.m. (E.S.T.)

DATES:  Friday, October 20, 2023 & Saturday, October 21, 2023

TICKETS: Can be purchased online at https://www.southbendlyricopera.org.

You are welcome to meet the artists after the Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21 performances during a reception in the lobby. 

This production made possible with support from the Ziker Family Donor Fund, Indiana Arts Commission, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, 1st Source Bank, EcoOwl Press, Carleton Consumer Lending Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Network for Good, and individual donors.