NAOMI O'CONNELL, MARC KUDISCH, KYLE BIELFIELD, and NOVUS NY
MONTANA LEVI BLANCO
A powerful double bill by Irish composer Emma O’Halloran.
In the compelling monodrama Mary Motorhead, a convicted murderer invites us to hear her secret history—the disappointments and betrayals that shaped her life—in the hope that it may shine some light upon the darkness of her actions. Mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell stars as the woman pushed to the edge by circumstance, now finding the road back to herself.
TRADE is the story of a rent boy and his closeted client in working-class Dublin, both trapped within their own lives. Meeting secretly in a cheap hotel, they wrestle with their own inner demons and their need for each other. Three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (star of LA Opera’s Wonderful Town and anatomy theater) portrays a family man whose world is crumbling apart, with international recording artist Kyle Bielfield as a young hustler determined to take charge of his future.
Commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Irish National Opera, Trinity Church Wall Street, and Nancy & Barry Sanders. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects and Irish National Opera in association with Trinity Church Wall Street. Additional support provided by Virginia B. Toulmin Charitable Foundation, Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund,Inc, Elizabeth Greenberg, Culture Ireland, and Charlotte Isaacs.
"With Elaine Kelly conducting the ensemble NOVUS NY, O’Halloran shapes lucid, communicative vocal lines; the text always sings out."
"Skillfully directed by Tom Creed, Mr. Bielfield’s haunting tenor created an enormously poignant character, his monosyllabic profanity just a cover for his terror, while Mr. Kudisch’s slow burn gradually revealed a superficially macho man longing to be understood."
"Mark O'Halloran's libretto is precise and moving, presenting a truthful story without digressing into any it-gets-better moralizing. Emma O'Halloran's score, full of string tremolos and fluttering woodwinds, captures the sublime precoital tension that can exist between two men. Alex Dowling's electronic sound design enhances the score, simulating that moment when the alcohol hits your blood stream."
“Some of the most unencumbered, authentic, and joyful music that I have heard in recent years.” (Praise for Emma O'Halloran)
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