Arbor Opera Theater is pleased to announce its 2018–2019 Opera Season. Three new productions will appear between September 2018 and May 2019 at the Riverside Arts Center (Ypsilanti), Kerrytown Concert House, and Arthur Miller Theatre (Ann Arbor). These include Moondrunk Madness (September 7 & 8), a theatrical mash-up of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire & Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King created in collaboration with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, Ricky Ian Gordon’s modern retelling of Orpheus & Euridice (January 11 & 13) co-produced with the Kerrytown Concert House, and a fresh adaptation of Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann (May 17–19).
September 7 at 7:30 PM & September 8 at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM
Riverside Arts Center | 76 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti
Performed in German and English with supertitles
Arbor Opera Theater in collaboration with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance present Moondrunk Madness, a duo of monodramas featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King. Strange works—for their content and music—are tamed by an intimate theatrical experience, a nuanced contemporary translation, and a captivating staged exchange between clown and king as they traverse the space between poetic genius and madness.
Starring soprano Amy Petrongelli as Pierrot, baritone John Daugherty as King George III, and ÆPEX Contemporary Performance conducted by Daniel Brottman.
by Ricky Ian Gordon
January 11 at 7:30 PM & January 13 at 2:30 PM
Kerrytown Concert House | 415 North Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor
Performed in English
AOT co-produces with the Kerrytown Concert House Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice, a tender song cycle in two parts for soprano, clarinet, and piano. Gordon’s astoundingly beautiful work is his own take on the Orpheus myth, written as his partner was losing his battle to AIDS. “What could I have really understood in that story?” Gordon asked of the myth, “But something lingered. Because one night, at 4 in the morning, I rose from sleep, went to the dining-room table, and wrote the entire text. It seemed I suddenly had a deep identification with Orpheus; only my Euridice was not bitten by a snake, but robbed slowly by an incurable virus.” Soprano Monica Dewey, clarinetist Marissa Mitchell, and pianist Kathleen Kelly headline these performances with Arbor Opera Theater.
by Jacques Offenbach, in a new English adaptation by Daniel J. Brylow
May 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM and May 19 at 2:30 PM
Arthur Miller Theatre | 1226 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor
Blind dates can be the worst, especially when you’re paired with a mechanical doll, a ghostly apparition, or a shadow-stealing courtesan. AOT is pleased to present a reimagined production of The Tales of Hoffmann, which BroadwayWorld hailed as “ethereal and uplifting,” with a dreamlike setting that “highlights the fantasy in this ‘opera fantastique.’” It tells of poet E.T.A. Hoffmann’s unending search for true love, doing so with a great deal of humor, a dose of magic, and some of Jacque Offenbach’s most memorable melodies, including the “Doll Song” and the Venetian Barcarolle. Performed in the intimate setting of the Arthur Miller Theatre, this enthralling adaptation by director Daniel J. Brylow is sung in English, with a reduced cast, musical ensemble, and playing time from the original—still a complete work of musical art, however, that instead of smaller feels “essential and more concentrated.”