Emmeline completed its four-night run at New York's Dicapo Opera Theatre on Sunday, September 13, in a new chamber orchestration. The opera and Dicapo's production garnered widespread critical acclaim. The New York Times' Steve Smith comments:
The story is timeless in its Oedipal implications, yet relatable in scale, and Mr. Picker effectively expresses character nuances and plot twists with powerfully direct vocal lines. His potent orchestral writing evokes atmosphere, underlines conflict and conveys emotional tone with an emphatic directness. Mr. Picker's musical vocabulary is unapologetically conservative but never merely decorative, trivial or dull.
Conducted by Samuel Bill and directed by Robert Alföldi, Artistic Director of Hungary's National Theatre, and featuring soprano Kristin Sampson in the title role, Dicapo's production of Emmeline travels to Szeged, Hungary for its European premiere on November 15 and 16 where it will be telecast to over 40 countries by Mezzo TV.
Visit www.tobiaspicker.com and www.schott-music.com for more on the music of Tobias Picker.
Go to www.operacompetition.hu for more on the European Premiere.
opera in two acts
libretto (En) by J.D. McClatchy
for 4 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, dramatic contralto, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, 2 bass and women's chorus
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