Composer: Don Macdonald
Composer Bio: Don Macdonald’s composition credits include music for classical ensembles, opera, theatre, dance, published vocal works and forays into everything from jazz and rock to contemporary electronic music. He has over 20 feature film credits and has written for and recorded with orchestra, stage band, concert band, string quartet and choir. His score to the cult Zombie film Fido was recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Don’s choral compositions have been performed by many notable ensembles including Rajaton, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, the Vancouver Bach Choir and Electra Women’s Choir. His commissioned opera, “KHAOS” received a highlighted performance at the 2013 Opera America Conference and his composition “Tabula Rasa”, one of 5 published choral works, received the DaCapo Chamber Choir award for Best Choral Composition in 2010. Don currently resides in Nelson, BC where he teaches at the Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology Program.
Librettist: Nicola Harwood
Librettist Bio: Nicola Harwood is a Canadian playwright, librettist and theatre artist. Her work ranges from darkly tragic to darkly comic. Her favourite work veers at breakneck speed between the two. Recent projects include the libretto of KHAOS, a new opera created with composer Don MacDonald, commissioned by the Amy Ferguson Institute and produced in 2012 in Nelson, BC. In 2011, Nicola was Playwright in Residence with Mortal Coil Performance Society of Vancouver where she was commissioned to write Salmon Row, a site-specific work that took place at the historic Britannia Shipyards on the Fraser River. In 2008 she wrote Letters from Lithuania for Mortal Coil, which took place in Stanley Park. Other recent projects include the Squaw Hall Project with urban ink productions of Vancouver, a two-year community-based theatre project which took place in Williams Lake, BC, 2009-2011; and High Muck-a-Muck: Playing Chinese, an interactive digital and live event to take place in 2013. Nicola has facilitated many art, writing and theatre projects for youth and within communities and has taught for major arts organizations and theatres in the Bay Area including the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Magic Theatre. She has also taught writing at San Francisco State University, University of Victoria and Selkirk College. She currently teaches in the Creative Writing department of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada with her partner and two children.
Other Artistic Personnel: Don Macdonald (conductor)
Original Cast: Allison Girvan (Persephone)
Audrey Bissett (Demeter)
Roger Ley (Hades)
Kevin Armstrong (Cerberus)
Kathleen Neudorf (Adrianna)
Bessie Wapp (Hekate)
Christoph Martens (Helios)
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Premiere Date: March 08, 2012
Description: KHAOS is a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone set in a contemporary world of climate change and looming global disaster. The opera asks the question “What if a civilization's greed and need for "progress" prevent Persephone from returning to Earth to console her grieving mother? Would Demeter's grief and rage end life on earth as we know it?
Character List (Major): Persephone (soprano)
Demeter (mezzo)
Hades (tenor)
Cerberus (baritone)
Adrianna (soprano)
Hekate (alto)
Helios (tenor)
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
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