Portland, March 26th. The Portland Opera is earning high marks for its production of composer Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei. (Photo Credit, ©Portland Opera/Cory Weaver.) The Newmark Theatre production features up-and-coming voices and is sung in English.
Here’s the story: Can you imagine? What it must have felt like? To believe-to know!-that it was the earth that revolved around the sun and not the other way around! To stand against the prevailing thought of the entire world! All the way back to his childhood as he enjoys an opera written by hisfather about-of all things-the magical story of planetary figures.
We meet the famous astronomer on his deathbed, blind from looking sunward so often, and are guided backwards through his life. Back as the Church strips him of his freedom, back as he kneels to recant his work, back as he is declared a heretic.
Performances continue on:
Apr 5, 2012
Thursday 7:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 pm
|Featuring the Portland Opera Studio Artists|
|Maria Celeste / Duchess Christina||Lindsay Ohse|
|Old Galileo||Richard Troxell|
|Younger Galileo / Salviati||André Chiang|
|Maria Maddalena / A Scribe||Caitlin Mathes|
|Cardinal #1 / Oracle #1||John Holiday|
|Pope Urban VIII / Cardinal Barberini / Simplicio||Nicholas Nelson|
|Sagredo / Marie de’Medicis / Eos||Anne McKee Reed|
|Cardinal #2 / Servant / Oracle #2||Matthew Hayward|
|Cardinal #3 / Priest||José Rubio|
|Stage Director||Kevin Newbury|
|Costume Designer||Sue Bonde|
|Scenic Designer||Curt Enderle|
|Lighting Designer||Don Crossley|