Composer Philip Glass has written a trilogy based on the work of Jean Cocteau, a French poet, playwright, artist and filmmaker who lived from 1889 to 1963.

Opera Omaha is presenting the third installment, “Les Enfants Terribles,” as part of its ONE Festival this year. The production, at the Mastercraft Building at Millwork Commons, 1111 N. 13th St., premiered Wednesday. Four performances are left: 7:30 p.m. Friday and April 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday and April 13.

It’s billed as a dance opera, full of kinetic music that’s scored for three grand pianos. The pianos overlap, creating hypnotic sound.

The plot centers on Paul and Elisabeth, a brother and sister who are cut off from the outside world and dependent on each other in a dangerous, unhealthy way, ending in tragedy. James Darrah, artistic director of the festival, also directs “Les Enfants Terribles.” Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, who worked on Opera Omaha’s “Semele” in 2016, is the choreographer.

Most of Opera Omaha’s productions are at the Orpheum Theater, but each year, the festival features one at an alternate site. The opera’s design is site-specific, created especially for the Mastercraft Building, so it may hold some surprises.

A post-show discussion with the cast and the creative team will follow the April 13 performance.

Tickets, $60, are available at or 402-345-0606.

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