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Science Fair: An Opera With Experiments Hai-Ting Chinn

Science Fair: An Opera With Experiments


Science Fair has been commissioned, developed, and produced as part of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and has received additional support from The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and a generous group of individuals.

Science Fair ran from April 13-24, 2016 in the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre.

About the show

A live science show with lessons & lectures in song

Science Fair is an opera singer’s love-song to science. Conceived and performed by mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, Science Fair uses physical demonstrations and experiments, a libretto created from the words of scientists, and original music to illuminate our current understanding of the natural world. Celebrating curiosities like the formation of our solar system, the structure of the atom, and the ancient legacy of DNA, Science Fair pairs light-hearted humor with luscious operatic vocals to uplift the ordinary into the realm of wonder.


Conceived and Performed by Hai-Ting Chinn
With Erika Switzer, Piano and Music Direction
Music by Matthew Schickele, Renée Favand-See, Stefan Weisman, and Conrad Cummings
Directed by Lisa Rothe

Lighting Design by Lucrecia Briceno
Scenic and Projection Design by Caite Hevner Kemp
Costume Design by Hai-Ting Chinn
Slideshow Art by Maki Naro

Technical Director: Zac Blitz
Master Electrician: Betsy Chester

Photo credit Benjamin Heller