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Fortuna is an original superhero opera by Jason Powell. It experienced a sold-out stage production in 2012. Now we're making a CD.

About Fortuna 

"Anyville’s new resident superhero, Fortuna, faces the most formidable threat of her career, when from England’s underworld arrives the evil Headmaster and his sinister young students. Will our hero’s new sidekick, Joe, help turn the tide – or will the final victory belong to the Schoolgirls of Doom?!?!?" A comic book never sounded so good! 

Fortuna the Time Bender vs. The Schoolgirls of Doom! is Jason Powell's superhero opera - first commissioned by Milwaukee Opera Theatre in 2009 and subsequently presented in a public reading (2010), and then in a fully staged production (2012) at the Alchemist Theatre in Milwaukee. Audience feedback was ecstatic:  "Amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing, amazing!" and, "I hate opera, but I loved this," and "One of the best operas I've ever seen!"  Given this level of enthusiasm, it just seems cruel not to provide people with an original cast recording, so we're reuniting this fall to record all of Fortuna's hits, including "Good Things Come in Threes," "Practitioner of Villainy," "Superhuman," and "The Riddle Song."

This is our stellar cast:

  • Narrator - Diane Lane
  • Fortuna - Samantha Sostarich
  • Joe - Jonathan Stewart
  • Elizabeth - Melissa Kelly Cardamone
  • The Headmaster - Nathan Wesselowski
  • The Schoolgirls of Doom - Katy Johnson, Lisa Morris, Rana Roman

About Milwaukee Opera Theatre

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, (so your contribution is TAX DEDUCTIBLE!) based in Southeastern Wisconsin. We produce innovative opera with a special focus on local artists. Visit our website (milwaukeeoperatheatre.org) for more information, and to learn about our past and future productions!

All photos by Mark Frohna.  (Thanks Mark!)
All photos by Mark Frohna. (Thanks Mark!)

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We've never done a project like this before! Milwaukee Opera Theatre has successfully produced dozens of shows in and around the greater Milwaukee area, but we have never done a cast recording. We've already contacted a studio and the performers, so all we need is you!

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    Your very own copy of the FORTUNA THE TIME BENDER VS THE SCHOOLGIRLS OF DOOM! ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING! (It just rolls off the tongue doesn't it?) Plus special thanks on the interwebs, our gratitude, and the satisfaction that you helped make this project possible.

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    Your very own copy of the FORTUNA THE TIME BENDER VS THE SCHOOLGIRLS OF DOOM! ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING! Plus special thanks in the liner notes and program of the revival (did we mention that Fortuna is returning to the stage in May?). Of course, you'll get our gratitude and the satisfaction that you helped make this project possible too.

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