Composer: Stefan Weisman
Composer Bio: Stefan Weisman first worked with AOP as a member of its annual Composers & the Voice program. His music has been heard at places such as Symphony Space, the June in Buffalo festival, the Flea Theater, and Guggenheim Museum's "Works & Process" series. His compositions include chamber, orchestral and choral pieces, as well as music for theater, video and dance. Among his commissions are works for Sequitur, the Minimum Security Composers Collective, the Gay Gotham Choir, and the Oregon Bach Festival, which commissioned a piece in honor of George Crumb on the occasion of his 75th birthday. His orchestral work "The Bird Happens" was selected to be included in the American Composers Orchestra's 2005 Underwood New Music Readings, and was conducted by Steven Sloane. His piece “From Frankenstein” won the Chicago Ensemble’s 2005 Discover America Competition and was presented by male-soprano Anthony Costanzo with the ensemble Newspeak, conducted by James Lowe in Merkin Hall's "Ear Department: Emerging Composers" concert series, moderated by composer Michael Gordon. His piece "Skin Nails Hair" was performed in New York City by the Lost Dog New Musik Ensemble. Stefan participated in AOP’s Composers & the Voice during the 2003-04 season. For more information, visit his website.
Librettist: Anna Rabinowitz
Librettist Bio: Anna Rabinowitz was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for 2001. She won the Juniper Prize for her first volume of poetry, At the Site of Inside Out, which was published by the University of Massachusetts in 1997. Her work has appeared widely in such journals as Atlantic Monthly, Boston Review, The Paris Review, Colorado Review, Southwest Review, Denver Quarterly, Sulfur, LIT, VOLT, and Doubletake. Her work has also appeared in the anthologies, The Best American Poetry 1989, edited by Donald Hall, Life on the Line: Selections on Words and Healing, and in The KGB Bar Reader. She edits and publishes the nationally distributed literary journal, American Letters & Commentary, and is a vice-president of the Poetry Society of America. Her most recent book, The Wanton Sublime, appeared in March 2006.
Other Artistic Personnel: Michael Comlish (stage director)
Original Cast: Hai-Ting Chinn
Elzbieta Czyzewska
Marcus DeLoach
Jon Garrison
Julie Hart
Julie Lockhart
Carol Monda
Jody Sheinbaum
Micaela Silver
Hillary Spector
Mark Uhlemann
Sid Williams
Perri Yaniv
Flux quartet:
Violin 1: Tom Chiu
Violin 2: Conrad Harris
Viola: Max Mandel
Cello: Raman Ramakrishnan
Premiere Date: February 26, 2006
Producing Company: American Opera Projects, Inc
Description: Darkling is a work that speaks for those who did not survive the Holocaust. It assembles narratives of the Holocaust not through the convention of narrative details but through the turbulence of multiple voices in the act of finding themselves. The production recasts opera in a contemporary form by overlaying poetry with live music, interweaving the drama with a landscape of projected films and images, collages of spoken text and pre-recorded soundscapes.

Darkling’s modern, minimalist music and poetic libretto is ideal for groups interested in working on scenes that allow for unique staging and highly expressionistic direction. Actors/readers may be used for the spoken poetry sections and to add characters to each scene.
Character List (Major): Voice 1(s)
Voice 2(mz)
Voice 3 (t)
Voice 4 (b)
The Poet (bar)
All singers play multiple roles, except for baritone.
Character List (Minor): 6 non-singing actors (2 male, 3 female, 1 child).
Touring concert version reduces non-singing actors to 3.
Reviews: A Holocaust Contemplation, Inspired by a Hardy Poem - The New York Times 3/2/2006
Steve Smith, Time Out NY, 3/9/06; Megan Jenkins, Opera Today, 3/30/06; Heidi Waleson, Opera Now(UK), July/August 2006; Lisa Quintila, Time Out NY, 3/9/06; Tuomas Hill, Theatrescene.net, 3/9/06; Carrie Jones, Show Business Weekly, 3/14/06; Gwen Orel, Backstage, 3/14/06; Alan Lockwood, The Resident, 3/13/06
Video Clip:
Length: 01:20
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: String Quartet
Musical Style: modern, minimalist
Contact: American Opera Projects
E-mail Address: info@operaprojects.org
Phone: 718-398-4024
Composer Web Site: http://music.princeton.edu/~sweisman/composer.html
Librettist Web Site: http://www.annarabinowitz.com.
Schedule of Performances Listings
Darkling (Weisman)
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - American Opera Projects
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