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Hildegurls Electric Ordo Virtutum
Adapted from Hildegard von Bingen by Lisa Bielawa, Kitty Brazelton, Eve Beglarian, & Elaine Kaplinsky
Hildegard von Bingen
Grethe Barrett Holby, Director; Franco Colavecchia, Set Design
Lisa Bielawa, Kitty Brazelton, Eve Beglarian, and Elaine Kaplinsky
July 22, 1998
American Opera Projects, Inc.
Hildegurls Electric Ordo Virtutum is a staged musical adaptation of the "Ordo Virtutum" (the play of the virtues)—a morality play by the German Abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). Four women composer/singers—Lisa Bielawa, Kitty Brazelton, Eve Beglarian, and Elaine Kaplinsky—each adapt a section of von Bingen's work in their own unique style, resulting in four distinct high-tech soundtracks that support their live voices. Using a combination of recorded samples and both electric and acoustic instruments, the four women bring a 21st-century perspective to bear on this 12th-century work.
Other performances: World Financial Center/Winter Garden Theatre, November 17, 1998; 1999-2000 tour to Europe
Original 12th-century morality play adapted and infused with 20th-century soundtracks and live voice
Charles Jarden, Managing Director, American Opera Projects, Inc.
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Brooklyn, NY 11217

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