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North American Works Directory Listing
Between Two Worlds (The Dybbuk)
Shulamit Ran
Charles Kondek
Arthur Fagen, Conductor; Jonathan Eaton, Stage Director; Danila Korogodsky, Set and Costume Designer
Members of Lyric Opera Center for American Artists: sopranos Alicia Berneche, Elena Kolganova, Robin Blitch Wiper; mezzo-sopranos Buffy Baggott, Jessie Raven; tenors James Cornelison, Stanley Jackson, Misha Royzen; baritones William Andrew Stuckey, Kirk Walker; bass-baritone Mark McCrory. Guest artists: soprano Mary Jane Kania and tenor Matthew Polenzani.
June 20, 1997
Lyric Opera of Chicago
Leya, about to enter an arranged marriage, is actually in love with Khonnon, and after he dies, she becomes possessed of his soul. This possession comes to a climax during the arranged marriage ceremony. The resulting exorcism of the “dybbuk” leaves Leya resting before the marriage can continue. Khonnon appears to the sleeping Leya, and tells her that although he has now left her body, he is now forever part of her soul.
courtesy of Theodore Presser Company
Leya(s); Khonnon(t); Reb Azriel(b); Sender(bar); Freyde(mz)
Reb Shimshon/Meyer(bar); Gittel(s); Hennakh(mzo–pants role); Asher/Menashe(t); Reb Mendel(b); Bassia(s); Nakhman(t)
6 Wandering Souls
Opera News, December 1997; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun-Times, Wynne Delacoma, 6-22-1997; New Music Connoisseur, James L. Paulk, Fall 1997; Opera (UK), William Shackelford, January 1998; USA Today, David Patrick Stearns, 6-23-1997
To dramatize the two worlds, the composer uses a number of devices, not the least of them being amplified voices to represent the former and acoustical voices, the latter. The drama has an Eastern European Jewish setting, which the composer, a native of Israel, has accentuated by introducing Hasidic laments and klezmer folk dances.
SATB Chorus
2 fl (2 picc, afl), ob (Eng hrn), 2 cl(2 Ebcl, acl), 1 cbsn - hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn(btbn) - 3 perc, pf - 4 vln, 2 vla, 2 vc, db; 3 shofars (recorded shofar and sampled shofar sounds may be subsitituted)
Expressive contemporary idiom incorporating Jewish folk and liturgical elements
Theodore Presser Company
588 North Gulph Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Schedule of Performances Listings
Between Two Worlds (The Dybbuk) (Ran)
Friday, June 20, 1997 - Lyric Opera of Chicago

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