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Prototype Festival premieres Acquanetta in a new version

From January 9 – 14, the Prototype Festival presents a new, commissioned, chamber version of Michael Gordon’s opera Acquanetta at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Based on a 1940’s B-movie horror flick called Captive Wild Woman, starring an enigmatic actress and former cheesecake model named Acquanetta, the opera’s libretto is written by Deborah Artman.

Stunning and exotic, Acquanetta played the untameable and gorgeous creation resulting from a mad scientist’s experiments on an ape, a role the young actress sizzled in and played so well a sequel was soon in the can…

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Acquanetta (2005, rev. 2017) 70'

Text by Deborah Artman, CHAMBER VERSION: 3 Sopranos, Tenor, Bass, with female choir, plus amplified chamber ensemble

ORCHESTRA VERSION: S, Mz, A, T, Bar; SATB chorus, 2(2pic).2.3.1+cbsn/2321/2perc/kbd.eb/str

Acquanetta was commissioned by Theater Aachen, supported by NRW KULTURsekretariat (Wuppertal) and North Rhine-Westphalia Government, Ministry for Urban Development, Culture and Sport from the "Fonds Neues Musiktheater" Chamber version of Acquanetta commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, with lead funding from Linda and Stuart Nelson, for PROTOTYPE Festival 2018.

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‘anatomy theater’ New York premiere

From January 7-14, the Prototype Festival presents the New York premiere of David Lang’s anatomy theater, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, with set design by Mark Dion, direction by Bob McGrath, conductor Christopher Rountree and the International Contemporary Ensemble, plus Bill Morrison (video), Laurie Olinder (projection), Christopher Kuhl (lighting), and Alixandra Gage Englund (costumes).

Based on actual 18th-century texts, anatomy theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers…

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