Il sogno di Scipione
Presented by Gotham Chamber Opera
April 11 - 21, 2012Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Pietro Metastasio
Directed by Christopher Alden
Conducted by Neal Goren
Gerald W. Lynch Theatre
John Jay College (New York)
Ten years ago, Gotham Chamber Opera burst onto New York's opera scene with Mozart's Il sogno di Scipione (Scipio's Dream). To commemorate the anniversary of that debut production, Gotham Chamber Opera will revive Il sogno di Scipione in April 2012, reuniting its original design team.
The highly-virtuosic one-act opera tells the story of the Roman Emperor Scipio Africanus, who, in a dream, awakens to find two goddesses before him: Fortune and Constancy. He must choose one or the other to guide him through life. Dazed by their enticements and threats, Scipio calls up his dead forebears for guidance in making this important and dangerous choice. Anthony Tommasini, classical music critic for The New York Times, wrote, "The company made a propitious debut with a delightful production." Marion Lignana Rosenberg, in Opera News, asked, "How many opera companies have dared to offer as their debut production the American premiere of a work by a sixteen-year-old genius, its vocal writing of jaw-dropping difficulty, its allegorical 'action' virtually nonexistent, and yet managed to elicit whoops, stomps and whistles of approval from a captivated audience?" Charles Michener, in The New York Observer, added, "There is much to cheer about the arrival of this new company." Beginning with its debut production of Il sogno di Scipione, Gotham Chamber Opera has launched the international careers of numerous singers, and continues to do so today. With its delivery of the highest musical and theatrical values and its success with audiences and critics alike, Gotham Chamber Opera continually reaffirms its place as what The New York Times called "the pre-eminent small opera company in New York." The cast will include Michele Angelini, Marie-Eve Munger, Susannah Biller, Rachel Willis-Sorenson, Arthur Espiritu, and Chad Johnson.
Subway: Take the 1, A, C, B or D trains to the 59th St./Columbus Circle
Take the N, R, Q or W trains to the 57th St. Station (at 7th Avenue) walk West to 10th Ave.
Running Time: 100 minutes with no intermission.
The opera is sung in Italian. There will be an English translation projected on a screen above the stage.