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Music & the Arts

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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