an operatic apocalypse
July 15th (Saturday): 1:15PM, 2:15PM, 3:15PM
July 16th (Sunday): 1:15PM, 2:15PM, 3:15PM
Join us for a guerrilla production of Mátti Kovler's 15-minute opera. Starring Ariadne Greif as Melania, Lucy Dhegrae as Marla, Casey Keenan as Ivana and Matthew Shifrin as Rhinegold. Directed by Doug Fitch. Costumes and Set by Alyona Gomberg, Tommy Nguyen and Misha Igoshin
Produced by Floating Tower
Having stolen the magical Rhinegold, which grants world domination to its owner, the sinister Drumf is now poised to become leader of the free world. The gold’s guardians, Rhinemaidens Ivana, Marla and Melania, race against time to reclaim their gold from his grubby clutches. Can they succeed in wresting their gold before it’s too late?
A hilarious and biting political satire, The Drumf and the Rhinegold was presented during election week, just in time for the historic 2016 US Presidential Election. Composer Mátti Kovler (Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall) teamed up with director Doug Fitch (The New York Philharmonic) and a ragtag band of top tier musicians to present this 15-minute parody of Wagner’s 15-hour Ring Cycle. The exceedengly short opera tells the story of the Rhinemaidens’ return to the human realm for one last fight against an evil overlord.
Music by Mátti Kovler, Book by by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Mátti Kovler and Gil Varod Lyrics by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Mátti Kovler, Gil Varod, Matthew Shifrin and Toby Lightman