A new digital initiative
A young man and woman find each other and fall in love, only to have everything taken away by events outside of their control. In Green Envelopes, an original digital production created by MUO Artistic Director Brenna Corner, we meet Anna and Danny, two young people who meet by chance at a New Years Eve party. What begins as an idyllic love affair transforms into tragedy when Danny enlists to fight in the First World War. Unlike a standard operatic love story, every interaction between the lovers takes place off-stage (or off-screen, in this case). We learn their story through their letters, sent both to each other and to their other loved ones. In particular, we are privy to their letters sent in 'green envelopes', special envelopes given to soldiers during the war that would not be subject to censorship by their immediate commanding officers.
The letters are linked with love songs in both English and Italian, telling a love story that is as sweet as it is heartbreaking. As Danny faces the horrors of trench combat and Anna throws herself into supporting the war effort at home, their connection sustains and inspires them both to dream of better days ahead. Anna and Danny never get their happy ending, but their connection reverberates outward and links them to each other's friends and families, proving that love is never lost - only redistributed.
Even though we never see the lovers interact with one another, their letters display their inner-most feelings and desires in a way that is deeply personal. While all of us are working to maintain our connections to loved ones through screens and phone calls, this show demonstrates that the ties that bind us together are strong enough to withstand physical separation. We can't know what the future holds, but we can trust that compassion and love will sustain us until we can be together again.
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