September 2019 I Source Theatre
INtimately experienced, Puccini’s classic is given new force in a theatre experience that reveals the raw humanity behind this epic score. This profoundly arresting new version, stripped of the distancing artifice and exoticism of the original, returns to the structure of the source play that inspired overwhelming music. Performed by two brilliant young casts, one in English and one Italian, audiences can choose how to witness this unique experience of breath-taking opera as dynamic theater.
October 2019 I ATLAS
INspired by Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST, the story of colonization and subjugation is retold from the perspective of Sycorax, mother of Caliban and mistress of Ariel. Without voice in the original, here she has the agency to present her own journey. Told with the music of Billie Holiday (My Man, Strange Fruit, Don’t Explain, God Bless the Child), in poetic-prose written by Sybil Williams, this cabaret-club evening of song, word, and beat explores the experience of peoples enslaved by privilege and even love.
L’ENFANCE DU CHRIST
December 2019 I FUMC
IN collaboration with Foundry United Methodist Church, Berlioz’s grand oratorio is uniquely staged as a community exploration of human migration and the power of hospitality to those fleeing persecution. Performed in the stunning Foundry sanctuary, with the combined forces of its choir under the direction of Stanley Thurston, soloists, instrumentalists, and the historic organ, this holiday-time performance seeks out the nexus of art, faith, and social justice to ask the most essential human question of how we offer kindness to the “other.”
LE CABARET DE CARMEN
January 2020 I Source Theatre
IN your face: Bizet’s opera comes to life in a unique and intimate tango-cabaret experience. As audiences sit at tables with performers, a tango-ensemble brings a beloved music to life up-close-and-personal, and the ultimate femme-fatale begins her intoxicating and immortal chanteuse performance. Performed in a breath-taking and unforgettable 90 minutes, an evening of laughter surrounds this darkly unfolding tragedy loved the world over.
WOMEN COMPOSERS FESTIVAL
March 2020 I GALA Hispanic Theatre
IN tune: A week-long festival celebrating female composers centers on two new stagings of operas by living artists. HERE BE SIRENS, by American Kate Soper, explores with wit, humor, and pathos, the experience of Homer’s Odyssean three singers as they search for the meaning of their own existence. ANA Y SU SOMBRA, by Mexican Gabriela Ortiz, is a family opera that tells the story of a young girl whose family has moved from Mexico to the United States, and who wants to return while her shadow wishes to stay. The festival also includes an opening GALA CONCERT of vocal works by local and living female composers, an evening cabaret of songs by American songbook lyricist DOROTHY FIELDS (The Way you Look Tonight, On the Sunny Side of the Street, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love), and another evening cabaret of Canadian Ana Sokolovic’s LOVE SONGS. This festival shows the expansive contributions of female composers throughout all the genres in which the In Series works, and seeks to reshape the way audiences, artists, and institutions perceive the “creator” in the operatic-arts.
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April 2020 I ATLAS
IN the age of #metoo this story of resistance and survival rings with particular resonance. This new version combines Handel’s transcendent music with poetry of Kaitlin Rizzo exploring the life of baroque painter Artemesia Gentileschi. The voices and perspectives of our community’s survivors are folded into this staging of a seminal masterwork – with baroque orchestra, choir, and soloists – revealing the direct emotional force of ancient music and poetry.
INnovatively staged as a night at the circus, the music and drama of Verdi’s vibrant and riveting score takes on an immediacy and power they rarely have, as love and vengeance collide under the big top. With a circus-organ accompaniment and a circus-tent theater, it’s opera like you’ve never experienced. Come one, come all, step right up for an evening of diabolical fun that you and your friends won’t soon forget.