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KNOT AN OPERA!
 
June 28-30, 2018
Baruch Performing Arts Center

 

By Constantin Basica

 

OVERVIEW

 

NYC PREMIERE. OPERA? OPERA WHAT? WHAT IS THIS? IS THIS OPERA? — [*This opera*] This work [*knots*] binds operatic practices with elements from old and new media (e.g., TV, YouTube) into a chain of [*preposterous*] ludicrous [*events*] episodes. Disparate pieces [*with*] of text—original or [*appropriated*] quoted—generate [*symbols*] characters and situations on the border between the mundane and the absurd. #PostOpera #KnowYourMeme #FunnyCats

"Knot an Opera! aspires to live—similarly to many of my recent works—on the edge between solemn and mocking, ambitious and trivial, (melo)dramatic and comic, traditional and experimental. It has many facets and aims to both surprise and confuse the audience. Above all, my intent was to simultaneously honor the genre of opera and to play with aspects of it that I find problematic. I did not compose this piece specifically for operagoers, but rather for anyone willing to either step into or outside the world of opera. Special thanks to Teodor Basica and Simona Fitcal for all their support in the making of this work." - Constantin Basica

 

CAST

 

Joanie Brittingham, "Coloratura Soprano"
Sarah Dutcher, "Performer"
Andy Dwan, "Baritone"
Francesca Federico, "Lyric Soprano"
Cara Search, "Mezzo Soprano"

 

 

ORCHESTRA

 

Michael Hofmann, Stage Director
Whitney George, Music Director
Lee Braun, StageManager
Jenn Burkhardt, Lighting Designer
Michael Minahan, Set Designer
Corina Louise Chase, Costume Designer
Matthew Wasser, Tech Director / Projection Designer

 

 

PRODUCTION

 

Michael Hofmann, Stage Director
Whitney George, Music Director
Lee Braun, StageManager
Jenn Burkhardt, Lighting Designer
Michael Minahan, Set Designer
Corina Louise Chase, Costume Designer
Matthew Wasser, Tech Director / Projection Designer

 

 

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