Originally conceived as a puppet opera, Young Caesar explores the early life of Julius Caesar and his historical meeting, and subsequent love affair, with King Nicomedes of Bithynia. East meets West in this unique project inspired in large part by the composer’s years studying Chinese opera. Planned for February 2007 to coincide with what would be his 90th birthday, this is the definitive production of a work Harrison revised for over 20 years, and whose many final revisions were edited before his death in close collaboration with conductor Nicole Paiement. Don’t miss this landmark performance of a brilliant and important opera by one of the Bay Area’s most notable composers.
Ensemble Parallèle, under the baton and artistic direction of Nicole
Paiement, presents the premiere of this opera to coincide with what would have been Harrison’s 90th birthday.
"Young Caesar had been transformed into a ravishingly beautiful masterpiece that encompassed many of Harrison’s interests – the Pacific Rim and its exotic colors, new theater, gay issues and the study of humanity. Harrison, one of the most authentic and uncompromising composers of this century was to die before hearing this final version," according to Paiement. "Fulfilling
Harrison’s wishes Ensemble Parallèle and it wonderful team of artists is extremely excited to present to you the premiere of this final version. These performances are a major contribution to American Contemporary Opera and an important homage to a true musical visionary."
February 16 & 17, 2007 – 8pm*
* Also, April 3 at U.C. Santa Cruz
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theatre
700 Howard Street @ 3rd Street, San Francisco
$45 -- $60
For ticket information call YBC at 415.978.ARTS (2787).
Official Website: http://www.ybca.org
Added by ericsf7 on February 5, 2007