December 10, 2010
The Other Wise Man
Composer:Damjan Rakonjac
Librettist:David Wisehart
Synopsis
When Artaban, a rich Persian Magi, sees a sign in the heavens, he sets out to join the three wise men in Babylon and travel with them to greet the newborn King of the Hebrews. Pausing to help a dying widow by the side of the road, he misses his caravan and must embark on his pilgrimage alone—a lifelong journey that will lead him, through trials and tribulations, from false hopes to true wisdom.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
00:50

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Tonal (triadic) and lyrical

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 4 principal roles (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass); SATB chorus. Piano or chamber orchestra (piano, flute, cello, percussion) or full orchestra.

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


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