OPERA America presents a special one-night-only performance of excerpts from five new operas with live orchestra, chorus and featured vocalists. Be among the first to hear excerpts from these new operas:
• Rated R for Rat by Wang Jie;
• Charlotte Salomon: Der Tod und Die Malerin (Death and the Painter) by Michelle DiBucci;
• Machine by Rene Orth and Jason Kim;
• Before the Night Sky by Randall Eng and Donna Di Novelli;
• The Nefarious, Immoral, but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare by Julian Grant and Mark Campbell.
Performed with SONOS Chamber Orchestra, Choral Chameleon; Erik Ochsner, music director and Eric Malson, assistant conductor. Vocalists: Joseph Bellino, Keith Browning, Heather Buck, Andrew Cook-Feltz, Evan Crawford, Blythe Gaissert, Claire Maloney, Nick Masters, Liam Moran, Brenda Patterson, Vale Rideout, Amy Shoremount-Obra, Michael Slattery, Chad Sloan, Amy Marie Stewart, Nian Wang, Jorell Williams, Lauren Worsham and Olivia Yokers.
ABOUT THE OPERAS
Rated R for Rat by Wang Jie (composer and librettist)
In this original story, a zodiac goddess experiences humans’ soulful music for the first time, and foresakes her place in the heavens to join her divine musical power with that of men.
Charlotte Salomon: Der Tod und Die Malerin (Death and the Painter) by Michelle DiBucci (composer)
This work is based on Life? Or Theater?, a series of 769 paintings by the German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon, who was killed during the Holocaust.
Machine by Rene Orth (composer) and Jason Kim (librettist)
Machine follows the chilling story of an Asian-American scientist who elects to plant a chip in her head and become the world’s first perfect, emotionless human.
Before the Night Sky by Randall Eng (composer) and Donna Di Novelli (librettist)
Twins separated and united create the structure of this updated Greek myth that reimagines the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, and their overlooked sisters, Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra.
The Nefarious, Immoral, but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare by Julian Grant (composer) and Mark Campbell (librettist)
In the late 1820s, Edinburgh’s anatomy schools experienced a severe shortage of cadavers to study, so Burke and Hare served this niche market by murdering the disenfranchised and selling their corpses. In this opera, the victims of the anatomy murders finally have their say, from beyond.