The music of Tobias Picker travels the world's opera stages this Spring as Emmeline and An American Tragedy see their west coast premieres in California and Fantastic Mr. Fox debuts in its new chamber orchestration at Opera Holland Park in the UK. Read on for a complete breakdown of what is happening and where, below:
Emmeline, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma, CA, First Night: May 28
Following its critically acclaimed performances at New York City's Dicapo Opera Theatre in the Fall of 2009,Emmeline makes its west coast premiere in its new chamber orchestration at the Cinnabar Theater of Petaluma, California for a run of seven performances. Nina Shumann leads the ensemble and Elly Lichenstein directs the production.
- Read Steve Smith and Heidi Waleson's critical acclaim for Emmeline at www.nytimes.com andwww.wsj.com.
- Cinnabar Theatre
An American Tragedy, The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, CA; First Night: May 8
An American Tragedy also travels to California this Spring for its west coast premiere at Santa Monica College. Premiered at The Metropolitan Opera in 2005, An American Tragedy is conducted by Dr. James Martin and directed by Gail Gordon at Santa Monica College's Broad Stage.
- Learn more on An American Tragedy here.
- Santa Monica College Broad Stage
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Opera Holland Park, UK, First Night: July 26
Tobias Picker's adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's story sees a run of nine performances this summer at England's Opera Holland Park in a new chamber orchestration for seven players. This production is designed specifically to utilize the beautiful scenery of Holland Park as a natural backdrop.
The reduced orchestration for 15 players of Fantastic Mr. Fox sees more performances in the UK next Fall, as the English Touring Opera presents performances around the UK at the start of their 2010/11 season.
- Learn more on Fantastic Mr. Fox here.
- Opera Holland Park
- English Touring Opera
For more on the music of Tobias Picker, visit www.tobiaspicker.com and www.schott-music.com.
Emmeline (1996, arr. 2009)
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
chamber orchestration: 1(pic).1(ca).1(bcl).1-220.127.116.11-timp-hp.pno-str
An American Tragedy (2005)
opera in two acts
libretto (En) by Gene Scheer
for 2 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, boy soprano, children's voices and SATB chorus
2(pic)2(ca)2(bcl)2-18.104.22.168-timp.1perc-hp.pno-org(in pit)small portable onstage organ-str
Fantastic Mr. Fox (1998, arr. 2010)
opera in three acts
libretto (En) by Donald Sturrock
for 2 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, bass baritone, bass, four children and chorus
original orchestration: 2(1.alfl 2.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2(2.cbn)-22.214.171.124-timp.2perc-hp.pno-str
reduced orchestration: 1(pic.alto)1(ca)1(bscl)1(cbsn)-2hn.tp.tba-1perc.timp-hp.pno-vn.va.vc.db
chamber orchestration: 0.0.1(bcl).1-0.0.0.0-perc-pno-vn.va.vc