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North American Works Directory Listing
Nigredo Hotel
Nic Gotham
Ann-Marie MacDonald
Wayne Strongman, Music Director
Original Cast: Sophie, Shari Saunders; Raymond, Jonathan Whittaker
May 13, 1992
Tapestry Music Theatre
Synopsis: A brain surgeon, Raymond, arrives at a decrepit hotel run by the crazed Sophie, who seems to know a great deal about him. In Room 7, Raymond explores the dark recesses of his mind, coming to terms with his loveless childhood. [The term "nigredo" signifies "dark night of the soul." It comes from a Jungian psychological model for personal development, based on Jung's studies of alchemy. Usually triggered by a traumatic experience, the state of "nigredo" refers to that period of despair that is an integral part of the human condition and a prerequisite to enlightenment. In the Jungian model, the next stage experienced is the moment of enlightenment or "albedo," a flash of insight that arises out of the "nigredo" experience and is its exact opposite. The third stage, "rubedo" or "red," represents the integration of the knowledge attained through the nigredo and "albedo" into daily living.]
The Globe and Mail, Robert Everett-Green, 5-22-92; The Toronto Star, Geoff Chapman, 5-20-92
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Clarinet/bass clarinet, acoustic/electric bass, percussion, piano
Musical Style: Use of jazz rhythms and harmonies; natural speech patterns and sweeping lyricism in the vocal parts; extensive use of bass instruments to evoke the dark, brooding quality of the work; effective and dramatic use of percussion and piano toward the end of the work; includes an overture, recitatives, arias, duets, etc.
Tapestry New Opera Works
55 Mill Street, Building #58
The Cannery, Studio 316
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4 Canada
Schedule of Performances Listings
Nigredo Hotel (Gotham)
Saturday, November 04, 2006 - Tapestry New Opera Works
Nigredo Hotel (Gotham)
Sunday, May 15, 2005 - Tapestry New Opera Works
Nigredo Hotel (Gotham)
Thursday, June 01, 1995 - Tapestry New Opera Works
Nigredo Hotel (Gotham)
Thursday, June 01, 1995 - Pacific Opera Victoria

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