Judith Lynn Stillman

Rhode Island PBS Premiere Broadcast of “Dueling Double Divas”

Judith Lynn Stillman’s film, Dueling Double Divas: A Comic Micro-Opera, showcases the world premiere of her composition performed by New York Metropolitan Opera soprano Lori Phillips and mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips during their recent appearance at Rhode Island College.  This performance by the identical twins marks their first ever recital together.

Mary Phillips (left) and Lori Phillips

Conceived and composed for the Phillips twins by pianist and Rhode Island College Artist-in-Residence Judith Lynn Stillman, the micro-opera is “an entire operatic tale told in 15 minutes.””[The form] works well for the short attention span society,” Stillman said. “If you’re afraid of opera, this is a great way to get your feet wet.”

The half-hour film also includes works by Jake Heggie and Lee Hoiby. Dueling Double Divas: A Comic Micro-Opera premieres on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 6 p.m. on WSBE Rhode Island PBS as part of the ongoing series Rhode Island Stories, with encore broadcasts throughout the month.

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits over the air on 36.1; on Rhode Island cable: Cox cable 08/1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08/508HD, Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable: Comcast 819HD (Comcast SD subscribers check local listings for standard definition channel), Verizon FiOS 18/518HD; satellite: Dish 36/7776, DirecTV 36.