The Property: A Klezmer Opera
Composer: Wlad Marhulets
Composer Bio: Wlad has worked on such films as Ruby Strangelove Young Witch, directed by Evgeny Ruman, The Giver, starring Meryl Streep, November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan, Orchestra of Exiles, directed by Oscar nominee Josh Aronson, Ginosaji vs Ginosaji series directed by Emmy winning director Richard Gale, Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Juggle & Cut by multiple award winning director Caleb Slain, and others. The music of Wlad Marhulets has been performed far and wide by world-class musical organizations, such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Detroit Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Sinfonietta Cracovia, the Lithuanian choir Jauna Muzika, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. He has won the Susan W. Rose Fund Grant, the Peter D. Faith Prize, and five ASCAP Awards, including their prestigious Leonard Bernstein Award. A full scholarship student during his tenure at the Juilliard School, Wlad studied composition exclusively with Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Corigliano (The Red Violin). Wlad's klezmer opera The Property has just premiered with Lyric Opera of Chicago to great success. It has received rave reviews, such as: Marhulets miraculously combines the elements of klezmer, the “secular” side of Jewish music, with the underpinnings of contemporary opera. His use of leitmotif is masterful, and his sense of vocal line, sublime. The reconciliation is in the music. - New City Stage. At present, Wlad is working on a a symphonic commission for the opening of the 25th edition of Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow. Located in Los Angeles, Wlad is represented by The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.
Librettist: Stephanie Fleischmann
Librettist Bio: Stephanie Fleischmann is a playwright and librettist/lyricist whose texts serve as blueprints for intricate three-dimensional sonic and visual worlds. Her works have been developed and performed internationally and across the U.S. and include: Red Fly/Blue Bottle, with music by Christina Campanella (Latitude 14: HERE Arts Center; Noorderzon Festival, NL; EMPAC), Tinder (Exit Festival, Creteil, France), The Secret Lives of Coats (Playlabs, Whitman College), Tally Ho (London's Roundhouse Studio and Atlanta's Synchronicity), The Street of Useful Things (Act II), What the Moon Saw (Son of Semele; Interart), The World Speed Carnival (Soho Rep SummerCamp), The Wonder Seeker (Empty Space, Seattle), and song lyrics and dramaturgy for The Greeks Parts 2 and 3 and The Americans at Juilliard, with director Brian Mertes. Other venues include Bristol Old Vic (U.K.), Christine Jones' T41, The Hollywood Bowl, Symphony Space, Asolo Rep. She has written the libretti for operas Another Sky and The Long Walk, commissioned by American Lyric Theater, with composer Jeremy Howard Beck, recipient of a 2013 Opera America development grant. She collaborates frequently with the Lake Lucille Project. Additional grants and awards include: NEA Opera/Music-Theater grant for Far Sea Pharisee (music by Miki Navazio), 2 NYFA Fellowships, the Whitfield Cook Award for Eloise & Ray, the Frederic Loewe Award for The Hotel Carter (music by Jenny Giering), the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and a Playwrights Center Core Writer Alumnus grant for The Secret Lives of Coats (music by Christina Campanella). For Red Fly/Blue Bottle she received a NYSCA Individual Artist Theater Commission. The project has also received funding support from the New York State Music Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Tobin Foundation, among others. Residencies include: American Lyric Theater, MacDowell, HARP, Hedgebrook, Mabou Mines/Suite, Digital Performance Institute, Chashama, and the Chocolate Factory. She is an alumna of both New Dramatists and the Core Writer program at the Playwrights Center. Ms. Fleischmann was Tennessee Williams Fellow in Playwriting at Sewanee, University of the South, and teaches at Skidmore College. MFA: Brooklyn College (studied with Mac Wellman). New Georges affiliated artist and a founding member of Latitude 14 (http://www.latitude14.org).
Premiere Date: February 25, 2015
Description: Adapted from the acclaimed graphic novel by Rutu Modan, The Property tells the story of Regina Segal (mezzo-soprano Jill Grove) and her granddaughter Mica (soprano Anne Slovin), who travel to modern Warsaw to try to regain family property lost during World War II. As their journey unfolds, Regina is forced to confront painful truths about her past, including her history with Roman Gorski (baritone James Maddalena). Meanwhile, Mica navigates a relationship with their Polish tour guide, Tomasz (baritone Nathaniel Olson), and realizes their reasons for coming might not be all that they seemed.  - See more at: http://www.lyricopera.org/property/#sthash.jqorKGbf.dpuf
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
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Composer Web Site: http://wladmarhulets.com/
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