World premiere production at Stanford Live in 2013
NYC premiere at the PROTOTYPE Festival in 2014
Gradual and insidious, auditory hallucinations warp minds with “loud thoughts”, deceiving, deranging, and forcing sufferers into a world of crippling paranoia. Visitations, the New York double bill premiere of one-act chamber operas by composer/researcher Jonathan Berger and librettist Dan O’Brien unravels the phenomenon.
In Theotokia, penetrate the consciousness of a man who, assailed by hallucinatory voices, is taunted and seduced by the mother of God.
Uncover the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning combat journalist Paul Watson in The War Reporter, where he seeks to stifle the haunting voice of an American soldier whose corpse he photographed in the streets of Mogadishu.
“Mr. Berger’s operas stood out for their emotional honesty and the intense performances they received from an excellent cast of interpreters.”
-The New York Times
A post-show talkback with composer Jonathan Berger, Designed Mark DeChiazza and Paul Watson - the real life "War Reporter"
VISITATIONS was commissioned by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Photos by Noah Stern Weber