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Moondrunk Madness: A Duo of Monodramas
September 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Arbor Opera Theater in collaboration with ÆPEX Contemporary Performance present Moondrunk Madness, a duo of monodramas featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King. Written in 1912, Schoenberg’s celebrated Pierrot Lunaire redefined chamber music, as well as the expressive ability of music to reveal a haunted soul. Fifty-seven years later, Peter Maxwell Davies used the novel “Pierrot” chamber instrumental ensemble to explore the maniacal ramblings of King George III. In our production, these strange works—for their content and music—are tamed by an intimate theatrical experience, a nuanced contemporary translation, and a captivating staged exchange between clown and king as they traverse the space between poetic genius and madness. Soprano Amy Petrongelli will sing the role of Pierrot, and King George III will be sung by baritone John Daugherty. ÆPEX Contemporary Performance provides the augmented Pierrot ensemble under the direction of new music specialist, conductor Daniel Brottman. Amy Petrongelli has been hailed by the New York Times for her “admirable fluidity,” and John Daugherty’s “resonant voice and stagecraft” have left the audiences “spellbound.” Austin Stewart has curated and will direct the production. Performed in German and English, with English supertitles.