"Bari Biern's lyric work astonishes, for she's had to make colloquial words from the '60s fit Mozart's music of the '80s. That may not seem like much of a time span -- but we're talking about the 1960's as opposed to the 1780s. Biern provides three hours worth of rhymes that always accent the right syllable and rhyme perfectly, which is more than many of her contemporaries can manage in a musical less than half that length. Here's hoping that she'll continue to provide lyrics for many an opera and musical, for she's got her eye and ear on craft, and her comic gifts are considerable."
-- Peter Filichia, on THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO: LAS VEGAS VERSION www.theatermania.com
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO (2013) This new English adaptation transplants Mozart's opera to the 19th century Wild West. Belmont must rescue his beloved, the famous British actress, Lillie Langtry, from the the clutches of her obsessed admirer, Judge Roy Bean. The production was a smash hit, drawing opera lovers and making fans of former operaphobes! Reviews like these didn't hurt, either.
Rave reviews for Puccini's GIANNI SCHICCHI! (2013)
"Best of all, the clever updated and still-witty libretto has been recast in English by the amazingly talented Bari Biern who originally created this version—'Johnny Schicchi'—for Poor Richard’s Opera in Philadelphia. Employing it here was an inspired choice, thoroughly in keeping with the In Series’ custom of making short operas, whether well known or unknown, accessible to a wider audience." --Terry Ponick, Washington Times
Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/curtain-up/2013/jun/19/in-series-puccini-stravinsky-operas-sparkle-gala/#ixzz2Wm7CKBOb
"Some may prefer hearing this one-act opera in the original Italian. But as a send-up of the human condition, librettist Bari Biern brilliantly translates the Italian libretto into easy-to-understand English, capturing the needling wit, word play and the double meanings. And, most important– the sublimity. Better yet, Biern heightens the humor by Americanizing the libretto. Allusions are local. For instance, the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich shops, an icon for the All-American city of Philadelphia becomes a significant detail that the grasping relatives drool over."--Rosalind Lacy, www.dctheatrescene.com
The Marriage of Figaro: Las Vegas Version (2006) (with playwright Elizabeth Pringle & composer W.A. Mozart)
• The In Series, Washington DC (Premiere)
• Poor Richard's Opera 2010 Philly Fringe Festival/Philadelphia PA
WAM2/ Don Giovanni & Cosi Fan Tutte (2011)
• A co-production of The In Series & the Washington Ballet (March 4-12, 2011) Check out one of our rave reviews! http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/curtain-up/2011/mar/8/series-wam2-lights-atlas/