The Other Wise Man
Composer: Stefania de Kenessey
Librettist: Peter Wallace
Other Artistic Personnel: 1998 revised performance: Peter Wallace, Stage Director; Mark Shapiro, Conductor; Jeremy Woodward and Vanessa Gilbert, Set Designers; Ali Turns, Costume Designer. Singapore Symphony Orchestra's performance (2000): Bart Folse, Conductor
Original Cast: 1998 revised performance: Morgan Smith (Artaban); Michael Polscer (handful of roles); and Wilma Wever and Lielle Berman (Two of the people Artaban helps). Singapore Symphony Orchestra's perfromance (2000): Samuel Heple as Artaban, Sahoko Sato as The Mother, Danielle Herman as The Girl, David Kwah as The Father/Captain/Slave Trader
Premiere Date: December 12, 1996
Producing Company: Golden Fleece Ltd. and Mannes College Opera
Description: A fable about the redemptive power of good actions and human endeavor, this holiday opera centers on the apocryphal life of Artaban, the Fourth of the Magi, who trades all his worldly goods for some precious jewels, with which he sets out to worship the Holy Infant. Along his journey, however, he encounters fellow humans in dire straits, to whom he distributes jewels. After a lifetime of doing good deeds and tending to the poor, he arrives in Jerusalem on the day of the crucifixion; still in possession of his last pearl. He intends to save Christ, but winds up using the jewel to free a young girl about to be sold into slavery. He dies having failed his Savior, but secure in the knowledge that he has served humanity instead.
Comments: A revised version had its first performance May 8, 1998 at Mannes College of Music.
Length: 00:50
Total Acts: 1
Musical Style: Tonal (triadic) and lyrical
Contact: Stefania de Kenessey
Address: 171 West 71st St., #2A
New York, NY 10023
E-mail Address: dekeness@newschool.edu or dekenessey@gmail.com
Phone: 212-579-8997
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