Today, the Chicago Opera Theater presents the world première of The Invention of Morel by Stewart Copeland, with a libretto by Jonathan Moore and the composer after the novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares.
It is the composer's third opera after The Cask of Amontillado (1993) and Tell Tale Heart (2010).
A fugitive from justice has found refuge on a remote island. There is rumor of a strange disease connected to this deserted place. Suddenly a group of exotic tourists arrive. He fears arrest but falls in love with one of the intruders. To meet her would be to risk everything but his heart drags him to her. She ignores him completely ! Soon he is barging in on the tourists' strangely anachronistic party, wailing for attention. Why won't she acknowledge him, why won't they arrest him ? What are those machines in the basement ? And why does she keep repeating the same conversation with that Morel ? (reproduced from the Music Sales Classical website)The cast includes baritone Andrew Wilkowske (Fugitive), baritone Lee Gregory (Narrator), soprano Valerie Vinzant (Faustine), tenor Nathan Granner (Morel) and soprano Kimberly E. Jones (Dora). Andreas Mitisek conducts the Fulcrum Point New Music Project. Jonathan Moore directs.
According to the publisher's website, the required orchestra is the following :
- 1 flute, 1 clarinet, 1 bass clarinet, 1 bassoon ;
- 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 bass trombone ;
- 2 percussion players ;
- acoustic and electric guitar, piano ;
- string quintet.
The venue is the Studebaker Theater. The performance should last about 85 minutes.