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The last opera by one of the longest-lived composers in history, Capriccio turns the tables on audience members, giving them a glimpse of life in the theater from the other side of the curtain. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly), what happens behind the scenes is filled with as much drama and comedy as what takes place onstage! The plot revolves around the Countess — a supporter of the arts, just like you — and her courtship by both a composer and a playwright (poet?). In choosing one over the other, she plans to answer this age-old question: Which is more important to opera, the music or the words?
Poet Walt Whitman's personal experience caring for Union soldiers in a Civil War field hospital sets the stage for composer-librettist Matthew Aucoin's critically acclaimed and resonant opera. Directed by Diane Paulus, with Aucoin conducting 26-piece chamber orchestra A Far Cry, the opera features baritone Rod Gilfry (Walt Whitman), tenor Alexander Lewis (John Wormley), bass baritone Davone Tines (Freddie Stowers), soprano Jennifer Zetlan (Messenger), and an 11-member male chorus. The work was commissioned by American Repertory Theater for the National Civil War Project, commemorating the war's 150th anniversary.
Set in a ramshackle hospital, bloodied and broken soldiers await their fates and news of the war's end. Aucoin's fictional characterization of Whitman presents a conflicted but compassionate man drawn romantically to a wounded soldier. That soldier, John Wormley, is himself a complex character in need. Crossing features rich choral segments and additional solo roles by Davone Tines as Freddie Stowers, an escaped slave who later joined the Union forces, and Jennifer Zetlan — the opera's sole female voice — as the messenger who brings word of the war's end.
Hailed for its "compelling and innovative programming (WQXR Radio)," dell'Arte Opera Ensemble presents its 2017 UNTAMED! Opera Festival as a summer share in downtown New York City's La MaMa Theatre. Spotlighting the unpredictable, wild characters of opera, this year's festival explores parallels between human, animal, and supernatural realms. dell'Arte opens the festival with two fully staged rarities: Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto, which combines the two Greek myths of Jove's seduction of Calisto and Diana's affair with Endymion; and Leoš Janáček's Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen), which tracks the intersection of animal lives with those of humans and explores their common experiences. For audiences new to opera, the festival offers a colorful tapestry of several works in UNTAMED! Opera Scenes, excerpts from Carmen, Rusalka, Pelléas et Mélisande, and more; and Wild Things, a recital of repertoire about the animal kingdom and other "untamed" creatures.
Dido, a young queen in the midst of building the city of Carthage, is thrown into turmoil when the brave and handsome warrior Aeneas lands on her shores. Initially rejecting his advances, her ever-observing court coaxes her into a relationship with the visitor for their own enjoyment. After a very swift and public romance, the lovers are split by a jealous and conniving Sorceress, driving Dido and all of Carthage to a tragic end.
The impact of Stephen King's psychodrama is heightened in this intimate new adaptation of Tobias Picker's opera. New York City Opera principal conductor Pacien Mazzagatti leads the production.
Four surreal stories from Japanese author Natsume Soseki's (1867-1916) Ten Nights of Dream come to life in Four Nights of Dream (2008), a contemporary chamber opera that traverses the subconscious through colorful melodies and piercing emotions. For this new production, New York vocalists and Tokyo instrumentalists come together to perform within a spellbinding and ever-morphing set. Performed in English.
Music and Libretto: Moto Osada Conductor: Ken-David Masur Director: Alec Duffy Set Designer: Mimi Lien Costume Designer: Oana Botez Lighting Designer: Tuce Yasak Singers: Marisa Karchin, Gloria Park, Christopher Sokolowski, Makoto Winkler, Jesse Malgieri, Rocky Sellers Instrumentalists: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Chamber Orchestra
Loosely modeled on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, LoveCourt is an irreverent look at what happens when the Book of Love collides with the Book of Rules. It's been a few years and the champagne in Justin and Marianne's marriage has grown a little flat. He is a dedicated Human Resources professional in a large corporation. She is a professor of medieval studies at the local college. While investigating a charge brought against a mid-level manager, Nick, by his secretary, Nadine, Justin becomes infatuated with Nick's sister, Gianella, while meantime, Marianne is falling for one of her students, Danny. Company policy and school policy are banished to the sidelines as the wayward couples succumb to Cupid's merry dance. But what happens when the music stops? The modern "rule of rules" is ironically juxtaposed against the legendary Courts of Love of the medieval queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, courts in which "romance was law."