Show Me Opera to premiere Hans Bridger Heruth’s “A Certain Madness” on Friday, November 9

Show Me Opera will premiere “A Certain Madness,” a new chamber opera by Mizzou senior Hans Bridger Heruth, on Friday, November 9 at the Rhynsburger Theatre.

Tickets for the performance, which also will include selected scenes from a wide range of operatic repertoire, are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door.

Heruth (pictured) wrote both the score and the libretto for “A Certain Madness,” which tells a new story based on the characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

“After the brutal murder of one of Watson’s dearest friends, Sherlock attempts to solve the case with the help of an unlikely ally – a medium!,” says the plot description. “As Sherlock prods the family with questions and the Medium contacts the spirit world for answers, tension rises as the pair grows closer to solving the case and unmasking the perpetrator of this heinous crime!”

The performance will feature singers Marques Jerrell Ruff, Connor Cochran, Aubrey Smith, Madison Claire Page, Savon Hayes, and Martha Allen. Mizzou assistant professor and director of orchestral activities Barry Ford will conduct the ensemble, which includes flute, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, piano, four violins, two violas, two cellos, and bass.

The Show-Me Opera, directed by Christine Seitz, is a troupe of motivated solo singers who are involved in the opera workshop and opera production courses. These courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students by audition and focus on the study, preparation, and performance of selected operatic or musical theatre works. They perform a variety of opera and musical scenes in the fall semester and presents a fully staged opera production (in collaboration with the University Philharmonic), and a program of staged arias and duets in the spring semester.