Kurt Weill "Street Scene" An American Opera in Two Acts

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Kurt Weill "Street Scene" An American Opera in Two Acts Kurt Weill "Street Scene" An American Opera in Two Acts ASU Music Theatre and Opera in the School of Music at Arizona State Universitys Herberger institute for Design and the Arts will produce Kurt Weils Street Scene as part of its 2019-20 main-stage season. As one of the countrys only programs that focuses in training students in both opera and musical theatre, it is surprising that in over 54 seasons our department has never produced Street Scene. We have a robust student body of both undergraduate and graduate opera and musical theatre majors who are perfectly equipped to do a professional-caliber production of this iconic work, and our audience, faculty and student body are beyond excited to be presenting it. We have secured rights through EAMDC to produce Street Scene in February 2020, by way of a partial international co-production with McGill University. The universities will share some costume pieces and basic design elements (built separately in Tempe and Montreal) and a faculty trade has been arranged between Patrick Hansen (stage director, McGill University) and Brian DeMaris (conductor, Arizona State University). The College/University Performance grant would enable ASU to cover some production and marketing costs associated with the performance. In addition to the four performances of Street Scene, we will work with ASU Musicology faculty (led by music history professor Chris Wells, expert in Jazz and Harlem Renaissance, 20th century musical theatre and opera) in a pre-performance colloquium and post-performance talkbacks. Additional ancillary performances are being arranged with ASU Herberger Institute professor, composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (composer of We Shall not Be Moved with the Philadelphia Opera) featuring student musical compositions and improvisations around the work of contemporary Harlem poets and contemporary works centering on the social issues appearing in Street Scene.
Effective start/end date1/1/2012/31/20


  • Kurt Weill Foundation: $8,500.00


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