Entries from THE DRESSING tagged with 'Robert Wood'

The Opera of Brain Science

UrbanArias has mounted a fine production of British composer Michael Nyman's 1986 chamber opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The Dresser saw this 60-minute performance on October 16, 2016, at the Paul Sprenger Theatre of the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The libretto by Oliver Sacks, Christopher Rawlence and Michael Morris is based on the novella of the same name by Oliver Sacks. The story deals with the medical investigation of a man who lost his ability recognize what he is seeing but he is able to continue as a singer and a visual artist. The orchestral...

Finding They in As One, An Opera on Transgender

The world of a transgender is confusing for everyone. In As One, a new chamber opera by composer Laura Kaminsky with libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, two players are scripted to represent one character that is evolving as a woman named Hannah. At the Atlas Performing Arts Center for four performances in October 2015, As One presented by UrbanArias and developed by American Opera Projects features baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco as Hanna Before and mezzo-soprano Ashley Cutright as Hannah After. This 75-minute opera unfolds in three parts and is accompanied by an active string quartet conducted by Robert...

Paul's Case: Intersection of Minimalism and Baroque

Hurry, while there are still a few performances of composer Gregory Spear's new opera Paul's Case scheduled in the outstanding world premiere production by UrbanArias at the Artisphere in Arlington, Virginia. Everything about this 90-minute chamber opera organized in two acts and five scenes works. The music, with a Minimalist through line, perhaps a little less insistent than Philip Glass' style but not less exuberant, surprises with various kinds of quotation or influence including the sounds of an oncoming train, Benjamin Britten, Vienna waltz, and the polyphony of Monteverdi and Cavalli (per Gregory Spears). Spears, in a short email interview...

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