Vale Rideout (Hades) in REV. 23 at Boston’s John Hancock Hall. Photo:

PREVIEW: of the world premiere production of the Cerise Jacobs/Julian Wachner opera REV. 23, at Boston’s John Hancock Hall, on September 29 at 7:30 p.m.; September 30 at 7:30 p.m.; and October 1 at 3 p.m.

Boston-based librettist and myth-maker Cerise Jacobs has an imagination that rather literally knows no bounds, as should be amply demonstrated by her newest work, the opera REV. 23, set to premiere in Boston this weekend, taking audiences us on an adventure beyond the End-of-Days.

Revving for Take-Off
The title, REV. 23, is formed from the shorthand practice for designating books and chapters of the Christian Bible – in this case, the chapters of its very last book, the Book of Revelations. “REV. 23,” is Revelations, chapter 23.

Funny thing, though: the Book of Revelations only has twenty-two chapters. Or so we all had thought.

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