The Thief of Love
Composer: Sheila Silver
Librettist: Sheila Silver
Other Artistic Personnel: David Lawton, Conductor; Ned Canty, Director
Original Cast: Gwendolyn Hillman (soprano) as Vidya, the Pricess of Knowledge; Michael Jones (bass) as God; James Brown (tenor) as Sundar, the Prince of Beauty
Premiere Date: March 09, 2001
Producing Company: Stony Brook Opera
Description: Filled with twists and turns, The Thief of Love is a contemporary love story set in a mythical kingdom of ancient India. Vidya, Princess of Knowledge, is beautiful and brilliant and can’t find a man who is her equal. Sundar, Prince of Beauty, is a wealthy game player who tries to win her through deceit and disguise. They both must conquer their pride and arrogance before true love can prevail. Based on the classic 18th century Bengali court tale as told by Bharatchandra, Silver’s libretto draws on many sources including Indian erotic poetry, Sikh prayer mantras, and the works of Rabindranath Tagore. (Complete synopsis available at http://www.hummingbirdfilms.com/ssopera.html).
Reviews: Marcelle S. Fischler, New York Times, March 4, 2001
Length: 01:53
Total Acts: Not Available
Musical Style: lyrical, mixture of tonal and atonal language, dramatic, romantic at times, playful and/or dissonant at other times
Contact: Sheila Silver
E-mail Address: sheilasilver@hummingbirdfilms.com
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