ASHES & SNOW: A WINTERREISE DREAM
Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Friday, February 23, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2:00 PM
2425 Liberty Ave | Pittsburgh, PA 15222
PITTSBURGH OPERA AND AOP present the WORLD PREMIERE of
Ashes & Snow: A Winterreise Dream
Music and text by Douglas J. Cuomo
Based on poems by Wilhelm Müller
Directed by Jonathan Moore
"BREAKING BAD meets Samuel Beckett...a journey to a Dante-esque underworld."
Darkness.Then, a face in agony. An unnamed, naked man crawling across a cheap, run-down motel room in the desert of the American West. Detritus everywhere. Pizza boxes, empty bottles and beer cans. Out of the window, a desolate landscape, an existential space. The middle of nowhere. He starts to sing, and we realize that we are looking at a man at the end of his rope. Someone who must confront his demons, face up to everything he has done and all he has lost.
In Ashes & Snow, composer Douglas J. Cuomo (Doubt, Arjuna's Dilemma) updates Wilhelm Müller’s 24-poem cycle that became the text for Franz Schubert’s famous Winterreise (“Winter Journey”) into a seventy-five minute English-language monodrama performed at an emotional intensity that will leave the performer and audience gasping for breath, exhilarated and disturbed. A journey to an underworld, equal parts Samuel Beckett and Breaking Bad. And possibly back, to redemption....
Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist tenor Eric Ferring stars, accompanied by three on-stage musicians, led from the piano by Pittsburgh Opera Director of Musical Studies Mark Trawka. Also included is a trumpet, an electric guitar played by the composer himself, and an otherworldly electronic soundscape. This is 21st century art-song, infused by turns with acid jazz, raw punk energy, fervorish delirium and spiritual calm.
Run time:1 hour 14 minutes, with no intermissions
In English with English subtitles.
INFO & TICKETS:
Developed and produced by Pittsburgh Opera and American Opera Projects. Ashes & Snow will bring together AOP and Pittsburgh Opera for the fourth time, and the third in the past two years, following Pittsburgh productions of the AOP-developed operas Paul’s Case (2013), As One (2017), and The Summer King, which made its world premiere at the Benedum Center in April 2017.
February 9-11, 2018
621 W 6th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
INFO and TICKETS
“As One is the hottest title in opera right now...written in the last 100 years." - Denver Post
"As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy." —The New York Times
“A piece that haunts and challenges its audience with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace.”
Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
In As One, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. As One traces Hannah's experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where she is surprised at what she learns about herself.
As One was commissioned, developed, and premiered by American Opera Projects at BAM Fisher Center in Brooklyn, NY in September, 2014, and has already been performed by nine different opera companies throughout the United States and beyond.
The AOP 2017-18 season is made possible by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., BMI, Howard Gilman Foundation, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the contributions of many individuals.
LOVE & TROUBLE: FIVE PERSONAS, ONE VOICE
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 9:30 PM / 8:45 PM (doors open)
254 W 54th St. Cellar, NYC 10019
AOP artist and Emmy Award winner Adrienne Danrich, star of her own creative one-woman shows "This Little Light of Mine" and "An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance", makes her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut in celebration of the release of her debut solo album LOVE & TROUBLE: FIVE PERSONAS ~ ONE VOICE, produced by Roven Records. Joined by pianist Mila Henry (The Apollo, Feinstein’s/54 Below) and guitarist Jack Cavari (Lennon, Thoroughly Modern Millie), the effervescent, multi-talented Danrich will bring you a show combining classical, jazz, blues and gospel, all written in collaboration with critically-acclaimed composer Dave Hall. Directed by AOP Producing Director Matt Gray.
With guest performances by Kelly Hall-Tompkins (Broadway’s “Fiddler” violin soloist in Fiddler on the Roof), mutli-genre recording artist Candice Hoyes (TED Talk, Music at Google) and sensational divas Olanna Goudeau & Ashley Renée Watkins (Acte II, “America’s Got Talent”), Love & Trouble promises a toe-tapping, emotionally-riveting, and uplifting evening of song!
COMPLETE INFO AND TICKETS:
$30 – $40 (use DANRICH5 for $5 off!)
Additional $6 If Purchased At Venue
$25 Food & Beverage Minimum