Stony Brook Opera posterStony Brook Opera and Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra present

Peter Winklerís Fox Fables
Sheila Silverís The Wooden Sword

Friday March 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Sunday March 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Staller Center Theater 2, Stony Brook University

Thursday March 31, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Symphony Space, NYC

This coming Spring, Long Island residents will have the opportunity to experience professionally staged opera close to their doorsteps. On Friday March 25 at 8 pm, and Sunday, March 27 at 2 pm, Stony Brook Opera and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra will present a double bill of two new one-act operas appropriate for the whole family: Peter Winkler's Fox Fables and Sheila Silver's The Wooden Sword. Both composers are faculty members at Stony Brook University, and have long been active in Long Island's cultural life. .

Peter Winkler’s Fox Fables is an operatic retelling of three animal fables: “The Fox and the Grapes,” “The Fox and the Hen” and “The Lion and the Fox.” Though centuries old, these charming stories bear messages that are still relevant today. The libretto is by Rhoda Levine, the internationally acclaimed opera director and author of 8 children’s books. Miss Levine makes her Stony Brook directing debut with this world premiere. The conductor is Timothy Long, guest conductor with the Boston Lyric Opera and St. Louis Opera, and Associate Director of the Stony Brook Opera. 

Sheila Silver’s The Wooden Sword is the winner of the 2007 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Composition.  This internationally prestigious award, presented by The University of Connecticut, is the largest composition prize given by any university in the world.  The opera received its world premiere in November 2010 and will now have its New York premiere.  With origins in Afghan and Jewish cultures, this folk tale of Hazim, the simple cobbler, and how his humility and cleverness provide insight for the mighty King Zamani is one of the world’s archetypical stories. With a libretto by lyricist and music theater veteran, Stephen Kitsakos, the production will be directed by innovative designer/director, Joachim Schamberger, who returns to the Stony Brook Opera following his acclaimed 2009 production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. David Lawton, Artistic Director of Stony Brook Opera, who in 2001 delighted audiences with the world premiere of Silver’s first opera, The Thief of Love, will conduct.

The Opera Guild of Long Island has devoted its spring newsletter to Fox Fables and The Wooden Sword. Download PDF »

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