Hailed as “striking,” “expressive,” “emotive,” and “well-crafted,” Marie Curie Learns to Swim, a new opera by composer Jessica Rudman with a libretto by Kendra Preston Leonard, was

Old Marie Curie (Susan Yankee), Pierre Curie (Mark Womack), and Young Marie Curie (Elizabeth Hayes) at the 2018 Hartford Opera Theater performance of Marie Curie Learns to Swim. Photo by Kim Bova.

premiered as a one-act opera on April 28, 2018 by the Hartford Opera Theater, as part of Speaking Her Truth, an evening of music by Rudman. Marie Curie Learns to Swim is composed for chamber orchestra and four singers: a soprano (Irène Curie), two mezzo-sopranos (Old Marie Curie and Young Marie Curie), and a baritone (Pierre Curie).

Rudman and Leonard are currently revising the opera and expanding it into two acts, and are seeking interested companies or consortiums for future performances. If you would like to view perusal materials, please contact us.