Creating The Factotum

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Creating The Factotum

Follow the development of a new opera by Ryan Opera Center alumnus Will Liverman and DJ/recording artist K-Rico that transcends the limits of traditional repertoire. The Factotum, inspired by Rossini's The Barber of Seville, takes place in a present-day Black barbershop in Chicago and combines operatic singing with hip-hop, barbershop, gospel, funk, neo soul, and R&B music.

Chicago filmmaker Raphael Nash has captured the behind-the-scenes process of creating this new work and brings us backstage to meet the artists, hear from the creators, and feel the energy of a new opera being born.

  • Music and libretto/text: Will Liverman and K-Rico
  • Story Consultant: Mary Birnbaum
  • Film documentary: Raphael Nash
  • Music Consultant: Craig Terry

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Creating The Factotum is generously made possible by

Lead Sponsor

Roberta L. and Robert J. Washlow

with additional support from

Eisen Family Foundation

Laurel Appell Lipkin