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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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Under the Double Moon
Anthony Davis
Deborah Atherton
Rhoda Levine (Director)
William McGlaughlin (Conductor)
Marie Anne Chiment (Set and Costume Designer)
Robert Wierzel (Lighting Designer)
Cynthia Clarey (Kanaxa)
John Duykers (Krillig)
Ai-Lan Zhu (Xola)
Eugene Perry (Tarj)
Jake Gardner (The Gaxulta)
Thomas Young (The Inspector)
Michael McMurray (Malek)
June 15, 1989
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
The watery planet Undine is populated by both humans and water-dwelling humanoids, called Gaxulta. Xola and Tarj, the two central characters, are possessed with telepathic powers. The Empress of the Federation of Planet-nations, of which Undine is a member, has dispatched an inspector to abduct the twins in order to use their powers to prolong her life and her rule. The twins are confronted at sea by a Gaxulta, who warns them of danger and explains that he is really their father, not the fisherman, Krillig. Kanaxa, the twins' mother, runs from her abusive human husband to the Gaxulta; they profess their love for each other and Kanaxa begins to transform into a Gaxulta. The twins are then faced with the choice of following their mother and father into the sea or pursuing their own destiny.
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2 fl(picc, afl), 1 ob, 2 cl(cbcl or bamboo flute), 1 bsn - 2 hrn, 1 tpt, 2 tbn - timp, 3 perc - hp - str
Semi-impressionistic; declamatory vocal technique; passages of jazz improvisation and rhythm and blues; atonality; mixed meters; rhythmic ostinati
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