MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

The Parting: New Opera by Tom Cipullo and David Mason at MOR

Radnóti-Miklós-1930

Miklós Radnóti

Here’s a Seattle Times preview of the upcoming world premiere of the new opera The Parting by Tom Cipullo and David Mason this Sunday.

The Parting is set during the final evening the poet Miklós Radnóti spends with his wife Fanni Gyarmati before he is sent into forced labor during the Holocaust. It’s the second commission from this team by Music of Rembrance, following their remarkable opera After Life four years ago.

When Mina Miller founded Seattle-based Music of Remembrance in 1998, she could hardly have foreseen that its mission would become even more distressingly relevant over two decades later…

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Filed under: commissions, Holocaust, Music of Remembrance, new music, new opera

After Life: Music of Remembrance Premieres New Opera

Robert Orth (Picasso) and Catherine Cook (Gertrude Stein); (c) Michael Beaton

Robert Orth (Picasso) and Catherine Cook (Gertrude Stein); (c) Michael Beaton

Just posted on Bachtrack, my latest review is of the world premiere of After Life by Seattle’s Music of Remembrance:

“Questions remember me,” sings the unnamed girl in After Life, the one-act opera by composer Tom Cipullo and librettist David Mason that received its world première on Monday evening in Seattle. Rounded up by the Nazis and sent from her orphanage in a French village to a concentration camp, the girl sings to us from the ‘other side’, the voice of a life stolen by the Holocaust. She knows she has been forgotten – yet the girl’s poignant questions make her presence indelible as she encounters the spirits of Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso in the afterlife: two famous figures who survived the war while also living in France.

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Filed under: Holocaust, Music of Remembrance, new opera, review

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