BROTHER BROTHER

This program featured a full production of EiO co-founder Aaron Siegel’s evening length opera, Brother Brother directed by Mallory Catlett, with designs by Mimi Lien and performances by Mantra Percussion and Cadillac Moon Ensemble under the musical direction of David Bloom. This 90-minute opera, which had been in development with Experiments in Opera for two seasons, explores the relationship between Orville and Wilbur Wright following their first flights in 1903.  This fascinating story of family drama, business struggles and legal fights is layered over a secondary story detailing the challenges of contemporary brotherhood and the complexities of growing up with an unusual idea of brotherly intimacy.  Aaron Siegel drew on his own experiences as a twin while writing the libretto that provides both sets of brothers a range of intimate language to express their wonder in the world and in each other.  The music for Brother Brother draws on Siegel’s wide range of experiences with percussive minimalism, early music, American shape-note singing, ambient electronic music and improvised jazz.  Brother Brother is a timely look at the personal side of innovation and entrepreneurial optimism in America.

Prior to each Brother Brother performance, Experiments in Opera shared four ‘Opera Trailers,’  90-second videos that offer a sneak peek at new opera ideas and characters.  Featured artists included Jason CadyDave RuderMatthew Welch and the partnership of Daniel KushnerNoelle Evans and Jascha Narveson.

Dead Inside (Opera Trailer) by Jason Cady and Christine Edwards

Ontic (Opera Trailer) by Daniel Kushner and Noelle Evans

Barbarella (Opera Trailer) by Matthew Welch

Certification Blues (Opera Trailer) by David Ruder

BROTHER BROTHER

Cast
Michele Kennedy, Soprano
Patrick Fennig, Countertenor
Marc Day, Tenor
Julian A. Rozzell, Jr., Red
Danyon Davis, Blue
Marie Ortinau, Soprano Chorister
Jamie Ehrenfeld, Alto Chorister
Billy Lowrimore, Tenor Chorister
Adrian Rosas, Bass Chorister
Mantra Percussion – Joe Bergen and Al Cerulo (vibraphones), Jude Traxler (glockenspiel)
Cadillac Moon Ensemble – Roberta Michel (flute), Rick Quantz (viola), Meaghan Burke (cello)
Emily Manzo and Monika Haar, Rehearsal Pianists
David Bloom, Musical Director

Production Team
Mallory Catlett, Director
Mimi Lien, Stage Designer
Brittany Vasta, Assistant Stage Designer
Jeanette Yew, Lighting Designer
Devin Cameron, Assistant Lighting Designer
Caley Monahon-Ward, Sound Designer
Ian Bjornstad, Sound Assistant
Andreea Mincic, Costume Designer
Seth Braley, Costume intern
Esti Bernstein, Stage Manager
Meghan Condran, Assistant Stage Manager

OPERA TRAILERS

Ontic

Music Composition and Electronics: Jascha Narveson
Written and Produced by: Noelle Evans and Daniel J. Kushner
Creative Director: Noelle Evans
Cinematography and Compositing: John Valenti
Featuring: Rayla Meshawn
Cello: John Delmonico
Armatures and Carpentry: John Delmonico
Spaceship Cutout:  Sylvan Hemingway

Certification Blues
Music by David Ruder
Produced, Directed, & Edited by Bill Grandberg

Dead Inside
Music and Story by Jason Cady
Cinematography and Direction by Christine Edwards
Chelsea Paige: make-up
Aaron Diskin: gaffer
Jason Cady: narrator
Ann Heppermann: Nicole
John Andrew: Alex
Eric Hinsdale, Aaron Diskin, Audrey Hinsdale, Claudia Hinsdale, Dorian Wallace, Jessica Pavone, Sabine Rogers, Jocelyn Jacobs: Zombies

Barbarella
Music and Adaptation by Matthew Welch
Inspired by the Motion Picture
Barbarella: Virginia Warnken, Mezzo-Soprano
Narrator: Matthew Welch

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