song from the uproar
july 17, 18, 19 & 21 | 7:30 p.m.
Aronoff center | fifth third bank theater
special collaboration with concert:nova
Music by Missy Mazzoli
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Sung in English
Performance length: 1 hour and 20 minutes
There will be no intermission.
The season's performances of this opera have concluded.
The lives and deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt
Along with the acclaimed ensemble concert:nova, we're pleased to present our first work by a female composer—the boundary-breaking Missy Mazzoli—and librettist Royce Vavrek. Inspired by the fascinating salvaged journals of early-twentieth-century explorer Isabelle Eberhardt, the 2012 chamber opera has been called “powerful” (The Wall Street Journal) and “a captivating multimedia spectacle” (The New York Times). Singing Isabelle Eberhardt is the performer who created the role, Abigail Fischer, praised by the Los Angeles Times as “enthralling…one of the rising stars of new music."
Isabelle Eberhardt was born in 1877 in Geneva, Switzerland. At age 21, after the death of her father, mother, and brother in quick succession, she travelled alone to Algeria. She dressed as a man, converted to Islam, and joined a Sufi order, roamed the desert on horseback, and fell in love with an Algerian soldier. After surviving an attempted assassination and a failed suicide pact with her lover, Isabelle drowned in a desert flash flood at age 27.
Her journals were salvaged from the wreckage. This is her song.
The Oakwood Register
"An emotional thread that was woven into a strong cable by incredible music and performances." Read the review.
"Beautiful and often abstract....Driving and intricate" Read the review.
"The opera unfolded like a dream...It was intoxicating." Read the review.
Jay Harvey Upstage
"The brilliance of the scoring indelibly served the story and the vocal line" Read the review.
Cast & creative team
Conductor Keitaro Harada
Assistant Conductor Michael Ciavaglia
Stage Director & Choreographer Marco Pelle
Costume Designer Rebecca Senske
Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase
Hair & Make-up Designer James Geier
concert:nova Artistic Director Ixi Chen
Production Stage Manager Jennifer Picone
concert:nova Ron Aufmann, Randy Bowman, Ric Hordinski, Julie Spangler, and Matt Zory
Presented in collaboration with concert:nova.
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