Higdon opera for Philadelphia to have 3 different endings

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Jennifer Higdon (Photo: Andrew Bogard)

Jennifer Higdon has been commissioned by Opera Philadelphia to compose “Woman with Eyes Closed,” which will open the company’s O20 Festival on Sept. 17 and in a novel twist will feature three different endings. Higdon is the winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Music and a three-time Grammy Award winner. She has teamed with librettist Jerre Dye for the 80-minute chamber work, which will be performed without intermission. The opera is a fictionalized account inspired by the theft of seven artworks from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, including Lucian Freud’s 2002 painting “Woman with Eyes Closed.”