Hoiby’s opera comes to LA in timely fashion
It seems to be the year of the tempest. From Sandy to Athena, the new album from Bob Dylan to ballet in Vancouver, storms real, imagined and Shakespearean are taking over 2012. While the new production of Thomas Adès’s bard setting is broadcastfrom the Met on Saturday, we’ll weather a little rain and wind this week, and can be grateful we’re relatively warm and dry.
But we have a West Coast premiere to look forward to, as Lee Hoiby‘s The Tempest comes to USC with three performances starting on Wednesday, November 14. Hoiby deftly crafts Shakespeare’s fantastical tale into an operatic experience that Opera News called “a sumptuously, beautifully written modern masterpiece“. Written in 1986 and premiered in Des Moines, it was recorded in 2008 by Purchase Opera, but is not often produced. The titular storm is spun into the music itself, and Hoiby’s score helps to make sense of this last of the Elizabethan playwright’s major works, often referred to as one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays”. With standout roles and lush textures, this run is a fitting tribute to the very vocal composer himself — Hoiby died in 2011 at age 85, leaving a considerable oeuvre of opera and songs as well as piano, chamber and orchestral works. This piece is unlikely to come around again soon — don’t miss it.
USC Opera and the Thornton School of Music’s
Visions and Voices initiative present
by Lee Hoiby
based on the play by William Shakespeare
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
University Park Campus
University of Southern California
Tickets $18 general admission
$12 Senior, alumni and non-USC students
Free for USC students, staff and faculty with valid ID
Originally published in Next 7 — Vocal events through 11/15/12