PROTOTYPE Festival: Stranger Love

Tuesday, January 16, 2018. 7:00 pm

Composer Dylan Mattingly
Librettist Thomas Bartscherer
Conductor David Bloom
With Contemporaneous

Tasha: Molly Netter
Andre: Jodie Landau
Threat From Without: Jane Sheldon
Threat From Within: Jonathan Woody
Chorus 1: Elisa Sutherland
Chorus 2: Kate Maroney
Chorus 3: Charlotte Mundy
Uriel: Ellen McLaughlin

Contemporaneous: Cat Cantrell, Lauren Cauley, Mikael Darmanie, Kate Dreyfuss, Matt Evans, Fanny Wyrick-Flax, Amy Garaphic, Milena Gligić, Sarah Goldfeather, Amanda Gookin, Madison Greenstone, Dara Hankins, Celia Hatton, Josh Henderson, Adam Holmes, Evan Honse, Tristan Kasten-Krauzse, Paul Kerekes, Patti Kilroy, Daniel Kochersberger, Daniel Linden, David Nagy, Finnegan Shanahan, Pat Swoboda, Sabrina Tabby, and Cameron West

Stranger Love follows two lovers whose romance unfolds to the rhythm of the seasons: in springtime, they meet; in summer, their love flourishes; autumn and winter, they face threats from without and within; a second spring brings resignation and the chance for renewal. Over time the frame broadens to offer an archetypal picture of human love, and ultimately, an astral envisioning of the divine, a love supreme. Stranger Love is inspired by the writings of Plato and Octavio Paz and is scored for a 28-piece orchestra (including three microtonal pianos). This work-in-progress concert of Act 1 unfolds across an expansive time-scale of over four hours, allowing the audience to come in and out at will. Stranger Love is a grand celebration of life itself, evoking the visceral thrill of a gospel revival, the ethereal calm of watching snow fall, the wonder of staring into the night sky.

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now, now celebrating its sixth year, is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world. The festival is the only one of its kind in the United States – presenting fully produced premieres, national and international presentations, and work-in-progress showings of original genre-bending works by both emerging and career artists from the contemporary classical opera-theatre and music-theatre idiom. Focusing on innovative, mostly chamber-scale works, PROTOTYPE shows opera like it’s never been seen before: high-tech, edgy, and up-close. Following the smashing success of its first five seasons, PROTOTYPE’s visionary line-up has quickly become a can’t-miss annual tradition.

Commissioned by Contemporaneous. This performance is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generous support of Beth Dawson.

Co-Presented with Roulette