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Subject: The Midnight Angel--new orchestration
From: Konrad Kuchenbach <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 28 Sep 2007 11:10:08 -0500
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On September 21, the Skylight in Milwaukee gave the world premiere of the
newly reorchestrated version of David Carlson's "The Midnight Angel".  This
is a project that has been in the works since 2003.  Ronald Foster has
reduced the original score from 70 some instrument to 21, which makes the
work much more accessable to companies the size of the Skylight.  I attended
the September 26th performance and was quite impressed.  This was one of
stage director Paula Suozzi's strongest productions.  The opera calls for a
cast of 8 singers and 8 actors.  The cast for the Skylight's production:

Dickinson, the butler                      Ryan Allen
Margaret                                   Tanya Kruse
Henry                                      Colm Fitzmaurice
John Lorimond                              David Gagnon
Contessa dei Candini                       Emily Martin
Captain Compson                            Robert Orth
Lady Neville                               Julie Simson
Hair Dresser                               Mic Matarrese
Lady Burford                               Marilyn White
Lady Burford's Escort                      Karl Miller
Dickie Willoughby                          Matthew Belopavlovich
Sybill Westcott                            Elaine Parsons Herro
Sybill Westcott's Escort                   Daniel Koester
Sir Charles Billingham                     Paul Helm
Servants                                   Joe Fransee
                                           Matthew Koester
                                           Mic Matarrese
Angeline                                   Katherine Pracht

It was wonderful to see Robert Orth return to the stage of the Skylight
after an absence of almost 30 years.  Orth, a wonderful singing actor,
created a memorable Captain Compson with his First Act aria about meeting
Death on the Battlefield.  Julie Simson, making her Skylight debut, was
equally as impressive.  This "fairy tale that takes place [in London]during
the 1970's" will run until October 7.  Opera-l members in the Milwaukee area
should not miss it.  The music is not atonal, but rather minimalist.
Carlson writes will for the voice, no one was straining for notes or trying
to over ride the orchestra.

Konrad
Milwaukee

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