The Hunger Art
Composer: Jeff Myers
Composer Bio: Jeff Myers writes music for acoustic instruments and voices. Though much of his work draws on an eclectic array of musical forms, all of his music has one thing in common: expressive intensity. Many of his works draw on preexisting musical works, styles and genres, as well as visual art and natural phenomena. Filipino kulintang music, works by M. C. Escher, overtone music, and more recently, folk music and geographical narratives, have all been sources for inspiration. His operatic collaboration with writer and filmmaker Royce Vavrek yielded the one-act opera The Hunger Art, based on Kafka’s “Hunger Artist” and the Adam and Eve story. Currently Myers is working on a new opera with writer Quincy Long and the American Lyric Theater based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.
Librettist: Royce Vavrek
Librettist Bio: Royce Vavrek is a Canadian filmmaker, librettist, playwright and musical theatre writer. His work has been presented at or performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, The Kitchen, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble, Opera America, Peak Performances at Montclair, American Lyric Theater and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, among others. His current commissions include an opera for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and a musical for Signature Theater. Vavrek's filmmaking credits include "From Sky and Soil", which was created as part of the Corus Young Filmmakers Initiative for broadcast on the W Network through a prize administered by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association.
Other Artistic Personnel: Timothy Nelson (Director)
Noah S. Weber (Artistic Director & Conductor)
Premiere Date: April 17, 2010
Producing Company: Burning Bayreuth
Description: The Hunger Art is a twisted tale of art to the extreme, in which a couple starves themselves as the ultimate form of expressionism. As the wife becomes conflicted about her purpose and tempted by failure in the form of a rotten apple, the plot becomes intertwined with the biblical story of Adam and Eve.
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
Contact: American Lyric Theater
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