World Premiere of Contemporary Opera White Witch Slated for
October 23-25, 2014, at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
A One-Act Monodrama for Contralto & Percussion with Music by Brian Schober and Libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin
White Witch, a new contemporary American opera, will have its world premiere in October 2014 in New York City. The work, with music by Brian Schober and libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin, is a one-act monodrama for voice and percussion, directed and choreographed by Lynn Neuman. Renowned contralto Christina Ascher plays the title role, accompanied by percussionist Jared Soldiviero. White Witch will be performed on Thursday, October 23; Friday, October 24; and Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 pm at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Manhattan. There will be a Q&A after the performance with the artists and members of the creative team.
The score, a symbiosis of Sorkin’s libretto with Schober’s music, is suggestively evocative and exotic, at different times delicately ethereal, dramatically angular, and deeply psychological. The design team includes Gail Scott White (video and projection design) and Malinda Crump (costume designer).
Tickets can be purchased via the Peter Norton Symphony Space website or at its box office. Seats are $25 for the general public; $15 for Symphony Space members, students and seniors.
Set in Jamaica in1831, the opera — a tale of voodoo, murder and revenge — is based on the 19th century legend of Annie Palmer, a white English plantation owner notoriously known as The White Witch of Rose Hall.