Tuesday, February 21, 2006

New Opera Based Upon "Angels In America" To Receive North American Premiere In Boston in June

"The centerpiece of [Boston's] Opera Unlimited's 2006 festival will be the first North American performances of [Hungarian composer] Peter Eotvos's ''Angels in America," an opera based on the award-winning play by Tony Kushner. The opera was premiered at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris in 2004, and there was a subsequent production in Hamburg. There will be four performances in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts June 16-20.

Gil Rose conducts and Steven Maler, artistic director of Commonwealth Shakespeare and vice president for artistic programming at the Wang Center, will direct. Casting is not yet complete, but baritone Tom Meglioranza will appear as Prior Walter and soprano Anne Harley will sing Harper Pitt. Both are veterans of Opera Boston's production of John Adams's [and librettist Alice Goodman's] "Nixon in China."

Opera Unlimited is a festival of chamber opera collaboratively produced by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Opera Boston. The first festival was in 2003 and brought the local premiere of Thomas Ades's "Powder Her Face" and the first performances of operas by Elena Ruehr and Daniel Pinkham."...

Richard Dyer "Opera Unlimited to premiere 'Angels' in North America" The Boston Globe February 17, 2006 via Boston.com

Left-Sided Angel by Leading American Sculptor Stephen DeStaebler of Berkeley, California.

Don't expect to find his work on the fifth floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art [though he is represented in the superb collection of The Oakland Museum in Oakland, California]; or -- yet -- in the Contemporary Art collection of the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C.

Photo credit: www.museums.iastate.edu/ AOCEducation2.htm

Also see http://www.franklinparrasch.com/artists/destaeblers/index.htm


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