Composer: Stefan Weisman
Librettist: Anna Rabinowitz
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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