Libby Larsen Opera in Staged Reading, Oct. 31

Libby Larsen Opera in Staged Reading, Oct. 31

Libby Larsen’s “Barnum’s Bird,” a chamber opera about Jenny Lind, the superstar soprano “Swedish nightingale” and P.T. Barnum, who launched her on a 150-performance U.S. tour, will receive a staged reading at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City on Thurs. Oct. 31. Larsen describes her work as a means to ponder our culture’s dilemma: what is art, what is entertainment? … The story of Jenny Lind, a hardheaded businesswoman and a world-class artist, and P. T. Barnum, an equally hardheaded businessman and a world-class showman, is a compelling musical drama. It is also an extraordinary vehicle to…