Act Too Studio Opera Workshop shares clips from its summer opera 2016, Il sogno d'Arianna, adapted from the works of Claudio Monteverdi.
Synopsis: After providing the crucial assistance needed for her love, Teseo (Theseus), to slay the Minotaur at the center of her father’s labrynth, securing his place as as Athenian hero, Arianna (Ariadne) has been abandoned in the night on the island of Naxos, alone and far from her home.
As she attempts to cope with her loss, Arianna is joined by three other women: Euridice (Eurydice), who, after dying by snakebite on her wedding day, is briefly offered (and ultimately denied) hope of renewed life by way of a deal between her husband, Orfeo (Orpheus) and the gods of the underworld; Erminia, whose unrequited love for the warrior Tancredi causes her unending pain; and Clorinda, the maiden-warrior whom Tancredi loves, but whose fate is doomed to tragedy by his hand.
Aided by these women and a group of storytellers, each with their own sadness to bear, Arianna finds comfort and seeks a way forward in her own circumstances.
This piece features new scores edited from original sources and a new English adaptation, both created specifically for the workshop's young singers.
Arianna: Eliza Carson
Eurydice: Tess Mathewson
Erminia: Calandra Damouras
Clorinda: Anna Plummer*
Storytellers: Caroline Lee* (Messenger), McKenna Troy (La Musica, Tancredi) Sylvia Simmons (Orfeo), Sydney Scott (Shepherd), Daaé Ransom (Echo), Carina Gravante-Gunnells (Shepherd), Milena Gravante-Gunnells (Pluto), Molly Czitrom (Fury), Connie Flachs (Fury)
*ATS Opera Workshop Alumni
Music by Claudio Monteverdi, edited by James David Jacobs
English Libretto by Melinda Beasi & Sylvia Simmons
Directed by Melinda Beasi
Musical Direction by Lemuel Gurtowsky
Choreography by Anna Plummer & Connie Flachs
Fight Choreography by Jeff Lord
Developed and workshopped under the guidance of James David Jacobs
Read more about this production here: operaworkshop.acttoostudio.com/studio-productions/opera-productions-il-sogno-darianna/
Production photos by Paul Beasi can be found here: facebook.com/atsoperaworkshop/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1039783882764771
Act Too Studio Opera Workshop is an ongoing, student-driven educational arts project for teens, with performances throughout the year, including a fully-staged opera each summer.
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