• Wolf Trap: The World Turned Upside Down - Gluck's Merlin's Island | Ullman's The Emperor of Atlantis

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    Name: Wolf Trap: The World Turned Upside Down - Gluck's Merlin's Island | Ullman's The Emperor of Atlantis
    Date: June 28, 2019
    Time: 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM EDT
    Event Description:
    Merlin's Island: Gluck’s clever opera is a light-hearted parody that takes nothing seriously.

    The Emperor of Atlantis: Death decides to teach mankind a lesson in this powerfully dramatic work.


    MERLIN'S ISLAND

    Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck
    Libretto by Louis Anseaume, based on Lesage and D'Orneval's Le monde renversé 

    Two Parisians are shipwrecked on an island paradise where the rich marry the poor, lawyers are always honest, spouses are always faithful, and artists are wealthier than businessmen. Heaven? Not quite. A takeoff on 18th century French vaudeville, Merlin’s Island is brimming with inspired music, beautiful ensembles, and heartwarming characters.

     

    THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS

    Music by Viktor Ullmann
    Libretto by Peter Kien

    A New Production

    A mad emperor declares universal war against everyone and offends Death. The result is a chaotic world in which the living no longer laugh, the dying no longer die, and life and death have lost their meaning. This daring satire was written while Ullmann was interned in the Nazis’ Terezín ghetto and examines the arrogance of unstoppable power and humanity’s resilience. This controversial and brilliant opera is full of humor and poignancy, with music that ranges from blues and German folk tunes to a Bach chorale.
    • Inside the Opera pre-show talk begins 1 hour before curtain at The Barns
    • Performance running time: 2.5 hours including one intermission
    • Sung in French and German with projected English translations

    MERLIN’S ISLAND CAST
    Merlin - Conor McDonald
    Pierrot - Ben Edquist
    Scapin - Daniel Noyola
    Argentine - Shannon Jennings
    Diamantine - Niru Liu
    Hippocratine - Megan Esther Grey
    Prud’homme - Wilford Kelly*
    Hanif - Bradley Bickhardt*
    Zerbin - Justin Burgess*


    *Studio Artist

     

    THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS CAST
    Cast in Order of Vocal Appearance


    Emperor - Ben Edquist
    Death - Anthony Robin Schneider
    Harlekin - Joshua Blue
    Loudspeaker - Daniel Noyola
    Drummer - Megan Esther Grey
    Soldier - Victor Cardamone*
    Bobbed-Hair Girl - Shannon Jennings

    *Studio Artist


    CREATIVE TEAM
    Conductor - Geoffrey McDonald
    Director - Richard Gammon
    Scenic Designer - Julia Noulin-Mérat
    Costume Designer - Jonathan Knipscher
    Lighting Designer - Robert H. Grimes

    MUSIC AND PRODUCTION STAFF

    Musical Preparation - Andrew CrooksJames Maverick
    French Coach - Jocelyn Dueck
    Assistant Director - KT Shorb
    Production Stage Manager - Madeline Levy
    Assistant Stage Manager - Savannah Valigura
    Supertitle Coordinator - Thomas Morris
    Location:

    The Barns at Wolf Trap
    1635 Trap Rd.
    Vienna, VA 
    22182
    USA

    Date/Time Information:

    Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    Friday, June 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 3 pm

    Contact Information:
    Wolf Trap
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