FAIRY TALES, Songs of the Dandelion Woman (full production w/ subtitles)
Music by Carson Kievman - Libretto by Carson Kievman and Mark David Needle
Stage Direction by Jeffrey Marc Buchman - Music Director by Mary Adelyn Kauffman
Starring Meagan Brus as Dandelion Woman & Kenneth Mattice as Bank Examiner
Synopsis: The fragmented notes and drawings of a troubled mind, adapted from the real-life struggles of a young heiress alone in the city, are gathered as possible evidence by a bank examiner, who is fraught with his own disturbing thoughts. The transformations they both go through are framed with penetrating and sometimes poetic insights from the writings of Carl Jung, who once envisioned a picture book to illustrate the complex logic and fantastic associations behind mental breakdowns. This dramatic collage of fantasy and reason is fused in an operatic song cycle that evokes the longings and confusions and the spiritual and mundane aspirations of modern life.
"KIEVMAN'S 'FAIRY TALES' MAKES A BOLD AND POWERFUL IMPACT IN WORLD PREMIERE"
South Florida Classical Review / The Miami Herald (Lawrence Budmen)
Friday, May 9, 2014
"is a Stunner!"
"delivers a great dramatic punch!"
"is a shattering experience"
"grips the attention"
"Meagan Brus dominates the stage with a frightening emotional intensity"
"Her brilliant flights of coloratura dazzle the ear"
"A vocal and dramatic tour de force, her performance is a singular triumph"
"Kenneth Mattice brings a baritone of power and verbal subtlety to a journey of tragic dimensions"
"Mary Adelyn Kauffman conducted with taut urgency"
"Jeffrey Marc Buchman's production never flagged in momentum, with the protagonists' turmoil conveyed in strong dramatic strokes"
"Stunning projections of geometric images and the heroine's notebooks by Alain Lores"
"In his boldest stroke, Kievman suddenly turns this happy scene into a hospital room with the bank examiner... his final words "I'm lost" are accompanied by traffic noises over speakers, leaving the audience stunned."
"In a season that has seen more twentieth- and twenty-first century opera in South Florida than in the last two decades combined, Kievman's opus is a stunner. It deserves wider performances beyond the current Miami Beach run"
Read the complete review:
"WRITTEN WITH SHARP INTELLIGENCE, HIGH TECHNICAL SKILL AND UNCOMPROMISING INTEGRETY" Palm Beach Arts Paper (Greg Stepanich) June 1, 2014
For more information: sobearts.org/FAIRYTALES2b.html