Please join Talea at the 92nd Street Y for a double-bill of chamber operas bringing to life two legends from different sides of the world in a breathtaking combination of operatic music, shadow art, and puppetry, performed one night only!
Opening the program is the U.S. premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Futuri Shizuka, a one-act opera that brings together Noh and Western operatic traditions. Futari Shizuka tells of the spirit a 12th century Samurai warrior’s wife, who possesses the soul of a young girl stranded on an island and sings of the sorrows of war.
George Benjamin’s acclaimed Into the Little Hill recounts the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, utilizing instruments such as the cimbalom and banjo to recreate ghosts of the original characters of a centuries-old tale.
The artistic imagination of Alexander Polzin weaves together the stories and brings them to modern relevance through elements of shadow theatre and Bunraku puppetry, alongside choreography by Sommer Ulrickson.
Kerstin Avemo, soprano
Ryoko Aoki, Noh actress
Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Lucy Dhegrae, mezzo-soprano
James Baker, conductor
Alexander Polzin, artistic concept
Sommer Ulrickson, choreographer