Attention, Best in Show fans: Get ready to laugh uproariously at this chamber opera from composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek, a hilarious sendup of the little-known Belgian sport of professional finch-calling. The birds’ names alone are worth the price of admission to this fun, occasionally poignant work, conducted by Austin Opera’s Sarah & Ernest Butler Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Timothy Myers and directed by HGO Studio alumnus Ryan McKinny and E. Loren Meeker.
Additionally, as part of the Sarah & Ernest Butler Performance Series and our partnership with Houston Grand Opera, Vinkensport, or the Finch Opera is available for a limited time (until November 22, 2020) on-demand on Houston Grand Opera’s Marquee TV channel! Find out more about how to watch at home here.
Did you know? On Marquee TV, you can choose to watch with subtitles. Once on the video, click on the icon at the bottom right of the play bar to see your options.
Part of the Sarah & Ernest Butler Performance Series at the Blue Starlite Drive-In, Produced by the Houston Grand Opera.
read or download the libretto here
Cast and Creative Team
Sir Elton John's Trainer
Holy St. Francis’s Trainer
Prince Gabriel III of Belgium’s Trainer’s Son
Hans Sachs’s Trainer
Atticus Finch’s Trainer
E. Loren Meeker
David T. Little
Vinkensport, or the Finch Opera, is a comic, one-act opera composed by David T. Little with the libretto by Royce Vavrek. The opera is being reenvisioned specifically for film by Co-directors E. Loren Meeker and Ryan McKinny. Vinkensport takes place in a small town, with six contestants in a finch-sitting competition. They sit in a row, approximately 6 feet apart from each other, with boxes containing their birds in front of them; it is silent save for the finch songs that can be heard, as the contestants solemnly mark down the tallies on wooden sticks. Some competitors are noble, some not. Some play fair, some don’t. But each finds comfort in the companionship of their bird, and joy in the mere potential of community. A work for our time, its spirit-lifting humor delivers us to moments of great empathy, as we – like these characters – long to feel that irreplaceable sense of togetherness.
read or download the libretto here
BLUE STARLITE DRIVE-IN POLICIES
- All patrons must be in a vehicle to be admitted. There is no open-air seating allowed at this time (no hatchbacks or truckbeds, for example).
- We highly suggest only two patrons per car, ensuring all passengers are seated in front vehicle seats for optimal viewing.
- Please remain in your car for the duration of your time at Blue Starlite, except to use the restrooms (masks required).
- Car windows must be at least 75% up if you choose to not wear a mask in your vehicle; otherwise, masked patrons may roll their windows all the way down.
- Because of the in-car-only policy, Blue Starlite allows cars to continue running for the sake of air conditioning/heating, but running lights must be turned off. Please check your vehicle manual for how to turn off running lights while your car is still running.
- There are no assigned spots. The professionals at Blue Starlite will guide each vehicle to a spot according to height and clearance, ensuring all patrons have a great view of the screen!
- BYO-Everything! Since ours is a special partnership with Blue Starlite and concessions will not be available onsite, you are welcome to bring your favorite beverages (alcoholic or not) and snacks to enjoy during the film. To further elevate your evening, grab a take-out meal from a local restaurant on your way!