OPERA OF THE WEEK
BMP is keeping the work of our artists out in the world as theaters are shuttered by offering an “Opera of the Week" which will stream here, on our homepage for one week every Thursday at noon.
This week we are featuring Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman's Acquanetta, directed by Daniel Fish.
In Acquanetta, the spirit of 1940s horror movies is turned inside out in a bravura, one-act deconstruction of the genre that explores how vision relates to identity. Characters include the mad scientist Doctor, the insistent Ape, the reluctant Brainy Woman, the visionary Director and the beautiful Acquanetta, aka Mildred Davenport, an actress who disguised her identity. Acquanetta examines the ways the movie camera manipulates how we see and are seen. In soaring, sometimes comic and always indelible songs that capture the heightened drama of horror films, these vivid characters reveal their inner longings and emotional shadows in what is ultimately a haunting meditation on the meaning of identity, transformation, stereotypes and typecasting, set in the heyday of Hollywood gloss.
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A Message from the composer, Michael Gordon
Video Design JOSHUA HIGGASON | Costume Design TERESE WADDEN
Sound Design GARTH MACALEAVEY | Dramaturgy MICHAEL JACKSON
Stage Manager JASON KAISER | Camera Assistant MOE SHAHROOZ
Lighting Assistant ABIGAIL HOKE-BRADY | Platform Technician SERGIO GOMEZ
Featuring Mikaela Bennett as Acquanetta, Amelia Watkins as Brainy Woman,
Eliza Bagg as Ape, Matt Boehler as Director, and Timur as Doctor
Trinity Choir: Chloe Holgate, Elena Williamson, Madeline Healey, Melanie Long,
Elisa Sutherland, Helen Karloski, Catherine Hedberg, Kristin Gornstein
Bang on a Can Ensemble: Courtney Orlando, Caleb Burhans,
Ashley Bathgate, Greg Chudzik, Taylor Levine, Red Wierenga
Co-presented by PROTOTYPE Festival and Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center.
Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Bang on a Can and Trinity Church Wall Street.
The world premiere chamber version of Acquanetta was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects with lead commissioning support by Linda & Stuart Nelson. This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Acquanetta originally premiered in a Grand Opera format in 2006 in Aachen, Germany.