Instruments made by MARK STEWART
Associate Direction KATE HOPKINS
SAN DIEGO OPERA - BALBOA THEATER
March 13-14, 2020
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A new music-theatre work, AGING MAGICIAN is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, Aging Magician moves us along with Harold from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man’s vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making, and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage.
This work features vocalist Rinde Eckert, a musical set by Mark Stewart, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and string quartet.
Aging Magician was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, VisionIntoArt, the Walker Art Center, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Aging Magician was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, OPERA America’s Repertoire Development program (supported by The Opera Fund), the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project (with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).
Aging Magician received residency support from Mass MoCA, the Park Avenue Armory, the PROTOTYPE Festival and The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program.
Photos by Jill Steinberg