A magnificent, exhaustive, delightful book on the making of 19th-century English fiction. Treat yourself by ordering at http://www.upress.virginia.edu.
With eleven instruments-4 woodwinds, string quartet, piano, harp and french horn–Michael has completed the lush composition we both imagined (he in his way and I in mine) as we wrote…and rewrote…and rewrote…this opera. The transporting score creates gorgeous operatic pleasures, while remaining true to a libretto in English that is a dramatic play, with words that must must be heard. This amazingly talented composer has elevated our tale to be more passionate, more desperate; the characters and actions more archetypal yet more complex; every dilemma more nuanced; and life’s questions and outcomes deeply inscrutable, as indeed they were in medieval Padua and are today. Bravo, Michael!
Rappaccini’s Daughter: Opera Blooms at Theater for the New City
by Melody Breyer-Grell (Writer, Vocalist, Lyricist); regular contributor
Posted: 09/29/2014 5:22 pm EDT Updated: 09/29/2014 6:59 pm EDT
SEE THE REVIEW UNDER TAB “RAPPACCINI’S DAUGHTER” above.
Beth Herstein interviews Linsey about the beginnings of Rappaccini’s Daughter, meeting Michael, our collaborative process on RD and in general. She asks: How did a fiction writer get into this? Is writing an opera like writing fiction? (Yes and no. It does bear some resemblance to writing a novel.) Why did we call this an operatic musical? (Good question.) And what is our next project together?
Click the link below for the answers to these and other mysteries.
“Rappaccini’s Daughter is a moving and inventive adaptation of Hawthorne’s profound gothic tale of love, death and botany. Now at Theater for the New City, this strikingly theatrical opera has lyrics by Linsey Abrams, music by Michael Cohen and was staged by Lissa Moira. Add more instruments to the musical director Jonathan Fox Powers’ impressive solo piano accompaniment, and this engaging work would be worthy of a place onstage at The Met.”
Stage Buddy loves “Rappaccini’s Daughter!” Performances continue through September 28th: Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. SmartTix.com or call TFNC Box Office for reservations at (212) 254-1109.
September 4th Issue: Front page feature by Sabina Mollot on the upcoming production of “Rappaccini’s Daughter” at Theater for the New City. Cast photo features singers, Douglass McDonell, Samantha Britt, William Broderick and Martin Fisher. Darcy Dunn rounds out the company. Linsey and Michael share their thoughts on the original Nathaniel Hawthorne short story, its contemporary relevance and the timelessness of the 1844 tale’s themes of scientific manipulation and craving for power, and insights into human desires as well as the unpredictability of perceptions, actions and experience.
Beatrice and Giovanni duet.