Gradual and insidious, auditory hallucinations warp minds with “loud thoughts”, deceiving, deranging, and forcing sufferers into a world of crippling paranoia. Visitations, the double bill of one-act chamber operas by composer/researcher Jonathan Berger and librettist Dan O’Brien unravels the phenomenon.
In Theotokia, penetrate the consciousness of a man who, assailed by hallucinatory voices, is taunted and seduced by the mother of God.
Uncover the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning combat journalist Paul Watson in The War Reporter, where he seeks to stifle the haunting voice of an American soldier whose corpse he photographed in the streets of Mogadishu.
Commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-produced by Stanford Live and Beth Morrison Projects. World premiere production at Stanford Live in 2013, NYC premiere at the PROTOTYPE Festival in 2014.
“Mr. Berger’s operas stood out for their emotional honesty and the intense performances they received from an excellent cast of interpreters.”
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