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What:               Opera Workshop Premiere: CUA to Stage

“The Libation Bearers,” 2nd Part of Trilogy

Based on Greek Tragedy, the Oresteia

 

                        When:              March 19-20, 8 p.m.

 

Where:             Ward Recital Hall

                                                The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

                                                The Catholic University of America

                                                620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                                                Washington, D.C.

 

Details:            Catholic University presents “The Libation Bearers,” a new one-act opera and the second part of a trilogy by CUA husband-and-wife faculty members Andrew Earle Simpson and Sarah Brown Ferrario. The first part of the trilogy, Agamemnon, made its premiere last April at CUA. Composer Simpson and librettist Ferrario have based the trilogy on the Oresteia, Aeschylus’ tragic three-part series on the house of Agamemnon. The new production will be presented as an oratorio — a concert rather than a fully staged opera. An original silent film produced and directed by Nicholas Ferrario will accompany the performance. The production depicts the homecoming of Agamemnon’s son Orestes, who is compelled to kill his own mother, Klytemnestra, to avenge his father’s earlier murder at her hands. The English text (newly translated from the ancient Greek) will be projected above the stage to allow audiences to follow the dialogue.

 

Pre-performance talks will be given both nights at 7 p.m. at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Room 139. The performance is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For additional information, visit the opera Web site at http://music.cua.edu/libationbearers or contact the composer at 202 319-5564 or simpson@cua.edu.  

 

Sponsor:          The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music

 

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