Isabelle Eberhardt, Swiss-born explorer, world traveler, cross-dresser, Sufi Muslim….
Song from the Uproar is a joint effort between the Cincinnati Opera and concert:nova on stage at the Aronoff from the 17th through the 21st of this month.
With music by Missy Mazzoli and libretto by Royce Vavrek, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fisher in the title role, an ensemble that encompasses singers Melissa Harvey, Emma Sorenson, Benjamin Lee and Olusola Fadiran and concert:nova instrumentalists Ron Aufmann, Randy Bowman, Ric Hordinski, Julie Spangler, and Matt Zory, led by Keitaro Hirada, this promises to be an important musical event.
The music-theatre piece tells in a series of vignettes the life story and exploits of the mysterious Swiss woman Isabelle Eberhardt.
Rafael de Acha
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Rafael de Acha has enjoyed a distinguished career in the arts as a performer, stage director, producer, and educator. He was born and grew up in Cuba. At the age of 17 he moved to the United States to study Drama at the University of Minnesota, and later Languages at L.A. City College, Music at the Juilliard School of Music, at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and at the New England Conservatory of Music, from which he received the Master's degree. He has taught courses on the History of Music at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and at Florida International University, and contributed writings and reviews to Seen and Heard International (www.seenandheard-international.com ) and to this blog. He co-founded the award-winning New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida, where he produced and staged twenty seasons of classical and contemporary theater, including fifty world premieres of plays that went on to have international and national productions on and off Broadway, including Ana in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2002 and Tony Nomination 2003.) In 2006 he was presented with a citation from The Dade County Cultural Affairs Council for “trailblazing contributions to the arts in South Florida.”
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