Dark Star Requiem
World Premiere - June 11
Composed by Andrew Staniland
Libretto by Jill Battson
With soprano Neema Bickersteth, mezzo Krisztina Szabó, baritone Peter McGillivray and bass-baritone Marcus Nance.
Elmer Iseler Singers, the Gryphon Trio and percussionists Ryan Scott & Mark Duggan
Tapestry New Opera music director Wayne Strongman
Continues tonight - June 12
I know what you're thinking - a dramatic oratorio on the 25 year history of HIV/AIDS... what the hell could that possibly be like? I'm happy to report that it's all of the above. It's a production that uses a multiplicity of staging elements from lighting to projections, drama and movement along with the huge musical talents of the cast to bring various elements of the "story" to life, including scientific data, historic incidents, attitudes and scenarios.
I was truly swept away by the beauty of it and the enormous talents of the performers one and all. One thing - at the end, they simply flit off stage, not to return for curtain calls no matter how long or hard we clapped. Happily, I ran into soprano Neema Bickersteth and bass-baritone Marcus Nance at the opening night cocktail party later on, and was able to tell them I think we were disappointed in not being able to give them a standing ovation.
Check it out if you can!
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Sadly, none was available for Ms Bickersteth!