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Angels in America (2002-2004) info


Opera in two parts (in English)
based on Tony Kushner's play
Libretto: Mari Mezei
Duration: ca. 140 min.


Cast: (8 singers with amplification)
The Angels - soprano
Harper - soprano
Hannah - mezzo soprano
Joe - baritone
Prior - lyrical baritone
Louis - tenor
Belize - counter-tenor
Roy Cohn - bass-baritone
3 vocal singers (sopran, mezzo, baritone with amplification)

Orchestra:

Detailed list is available in "technical info"

Commissioned by Théâtre du Châtelet Paris
Premiere: 23 November 2004, Paris, Châtelet
Directed by Philippe Calvario,
conductor: Peter Eötvös

Schott Music Mainz

 

World premiere
November 23, 2004,
Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (France)

Performances: 23, 26, 28, 29 November, 2004

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Staging: Philippe Calvario
Scene: Richard Peduzzi
Costume: Jon Morrell
Light: Bertrand Couderc
Coreograph: Sophie Tellier
Sound ingenieur: Mark Grey
Musical assistant: Alejo Perez
 
Cast:
Barbara Hendricks - The Angel
Julia Migenes - Harper Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg, The Angel Antarctica
Roberta Alexander - Hannah Pitt, Rabbi Chemelwitz, Henry, The Angel Asiatica
Daniel Belcher - Prior Walter
Topi Lehtipuu - Louis Ironson, The Angel Oceania
Omar Ebrahim - Joe Pitt, Prior 2, The Angel Europa
Donald Maxwell - Roy Cohn, Prior 1, The Angel Australia
Derek Lee Ragin - Belize, Mr Lies, The woman in Bronx, The Angel Africanii
Claudine Le Coz - vocal
Isabelle Poinloup - vocal
Frédéric Goncalves - vocal



German premiere
Hamburger Staatsoper, Gemany
June 23, 2005

Performances: 23, 26, 28, 30 June, 2 July

Conductor: Cornelius Meister
Assistant conductor: Alexander Winterson
Staging: Benedikt von Peter
Scene and costume: Saskia Zschoch
Lisht: Bernd Grube
Coreograph: Kristin Schaw Minges

Cast:
Julia Sukmanova - The Angel
Renate Spingler - Harper Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg, The Angel Antarctica
Anna Steiger - Hannah Pitt, Rabbi Chemelwitz, Henry, The Angel Asiatica
James Bobby - Prior Walter
Jonas Olofsson - Louis Ironson, The Angel Oceania
Christoph Pohl - Joe Pitt, Prior 2, The Angel Europa
Tomas Möwes - Roy Cohn, Prior 1, The Angel Australia
Brian Asawa - Belize, Mr Lies, The woman in Bronx, The Angel Africanii
Ingrid Froseth - vocal
Susanne Sommer - vocal
Martin Berner - vocal

 

Holland Premiere
Holland Festival, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
15 June, 2006, Muziekgebouw

Performances: 15, 17 June, 2006
Hamburg version
Stage Director: Benedikt von Peter
Conductors: Peter Eötvös, Alejo Perez

Cast:
James Bobby - Prior Walter
Julia Sukmanova - The Angel
Maria Theresa Ullrich - Harper, Ethel, Angel Antartica
Anna Steiger - Hannah, Rabbi, Henry, Angel Asiatica
Matthias Lüderitz - Joe, Ghost 2, Angel Europe
Jonas Olofsson - Louis, Angel Oceania
Gary Boyce - Belize, Mr Lies, Woman, Angel Africanii
Tomas Mowes - Roy Cohn, Ghost 1, Angel Australia




USA premiere
Boston (USA)
June, 2006


Opera Unlimited Boston - Wimberly Theatre in the Calderwood Pavilion
June 16, 17, 20, and 24th 2006, Boston

Stage Director: Steven Maler
Conductor: Gil Rose
Lighting Designer: Christopher Ostrom
Scenic and Costume Designer: Clint Ramos
Projection Designer: Zachary Borovay

Cast:
Thomas Meglioranza - Prior Walter
Amanda Forsythe - The Angel
Matthew DiBattista - Louis Ironson, Angels Oceania
Drew Poling - Roy Cohn, Ghost I, Angels Australia
Ja-Naé Duane - Hannah Pitt, Rabbi, Henry, Angel Asiatica
Nikolas Sean-Paul Nackley - Joseph Pitt, Ghost II, Angel Europe
Anne Harley - Harper Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg, Angel Antarctica
Matthew Truss - Belize, Mr. Lies, Woman in the Bronx, Angel Africanii
Geoffrey Hawes, Paul Shafer, Matthew Sherbach - Supernumeraries



Fort Worth (Texas, USA)
2008 May 16, 18, 24, 28, 31 June 4, 7


Christopher Larkin Scott Theatre - Forth Worth
Stage Director: David Gately
Conductor: Christopher Larkin
Set Design: Peter Nigrini, Claudia Stephens

Cast:
David Adam Moore - Prior Walter
Ava Pine - The Angel
Scott Scully - Louis Ironson
Kelly Anderson - Roy Cohn
Janice Hall - Hannah Pitt
Craig Verm - Joseph Pitt
Erin Smith - Harper Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg
Brian Azawa - Belize, Mr. Lies,

 

Frankfurt Opera (Germany)
2009 March - April

Performances:
March 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, April 2, 3

Stage Director: Johannes Erath
Conductor: Erik Nielsen
Set Design: Stefanie Pasterkamp
Light: Joachim Klein

Cast:
Michael McCown - Prior Walter
Nina Bernsteiner - The Angel
Peter Marsh - Louis Ironson
Dietrich Volle - Roy Cohn, Ghost
Christin-Marie Hill- Hannah, Rabbi, Henry
Nathaniel Webster - Joseph Pitt, Ghost
Jenny Carlstedt - Harper Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg
Jeffrey Kim - Belize, Mr. Lies,
Anja Fidelia Ulrich, diana Schmid, Leszek Solarski - vocal trio


UK Premiere
London, Barbican Center


semi staged - concert version
26 March, 2010
Stage Director: David Gately
Conductor: David Robertson
BBC Symphony Orchestra London

Cast:
David Adam Moore - Prior Walter
Ava Pine - The Angel
Scott Scully - Louis Ironson
Kelly Anderson - Roy Cohn
Janice Hall - Hannah Pitt, Rabbi
Omar Ebrahim - Joseph Pitt
Julia Migenes - Harper Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg
Brian Azawa - Belize, Mr. Lies, Bag Lady
Vocal trio: Swingle Singers



Polish Premiere
Wroclaw, Poland
Contemporary Opera Festival

Wroclaw Opera
concert version
29 September, 2012
Conductor: Bassem Akiki

Cast:

Alexandra Kubas - Angel
Malgorzata Godlewska - Harper Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg
Dorota Dutkowska - Hannah Pitt, Rabbi, Henry
Jacek Jaskula - Joseph Pitt, Ghost
Lukasz Rosiak - Prior Walter
Aleksander Zuchowich - Luis Ironson
Lukasz Dulewicz - Belize, Mr Lies, Woman
Michal Kowalik - Roy Cohn, Gosth
Vocal trio: Malgorzata Wegrzyn-Krzyzosiak, Jolanta Gorecka, Andrzej Zborowski


Los Angeles, USA

Los Angeles Philharmonic
concert version
Cond.: Pablo Heras Casado
15 January, 2013, Los Angels, USA

Cast:
David Adam Moore - Prior Walter
Nikolas Sean-Paul Nackley - Joseph Pitt
Jonas Olofsson - Louis
Brian Asawa - Mr Lies
Janice Hall - Hannah
Kelly Anderson - Roy Cohn
Julia Migenes - Harper Pitt
Measha Brueggergosman - Angel

Wroclaw Opera - Poland
3, 4 October 2014
conductors: Peter Eötvös (3 October)
Christian Schumann (4 October)
Stage director: András Almási-Tóth

Cast:
David Adam Moore - Prior Walter
Maurice Lenhard - Joseph Pitt
Gyula Rab - Louis Ironson
Lukas Dulewicz - Belize, Mr Lies
Dorota Dutkowska - Hannah, Rabbi, Henry
Michal Kowalik - Roy Cohn
Malgorzata Godlewska - Harper Pitt, Ethel Rosenberg
Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk - Angel


Boston University Theatre, USA
19, 20, 21, 22 February, 2015
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Jim Petosa
Scenic Design: Ryan Bates
Lighting Design: Jessica Elliott

Costume Design: Emma Connelly
Lighting Design: Jessica Elliott

Sound Design: Jennifer Timms

Cast:
The angel: Arielle Basile, Helen Hassinger
Harper Pitt/Ethel Rosenberg: Kaitlin Bertenshaw, Kelley Hollis
Hannah Pitt/Rabbi Chemelwitz/Henry: Kylee Slee, Sara Beth Shelton
Joseph Pitt/Gost II.: Darrick Speller, Franklin Mosley
Prior Walter: Benjamin C. Taylor, John Allen Nelson
Louis Ironson: Jesse Darden, John David Nevergall
Belize/Mr. Lies/Woman: Bryan Pollock, Patrick Dailey
Roy Cohn/Ghost I. Jorgeandrés Camargo, Erik Van Heyningen


New York City Opera, NY. USA
10, 12, 14, 16 June, 2017

Conductor: Pacien Mazzagatti 
Stage Director: Sam Helfrich 
Set Design: John Farrell 

Lighting: Derek van Heel 

Costumes: Kaye Voyce 
Sound: Mark Grey 
Cast:
The angel: Kirsten Chambers
Harper Pitt/Ethel Rosenberg: Sarah Beckham-Turner
Hannah Pitt/Rabbi Chemelwitz/Henry: Sarah Castle
Joseph Pitt/Gost II.:Michael Weyandt
Prior Walter: Andrew GarlandLouis Ironson: Aaron Blake
Belize/Mr. Lies/Woman: Matthew Reese
Roy Cohn/Ghost I.: Wayne Tigges

 

Theater Münster, Germany
Theater Münster
new production
24, 27 February,
10, 16, 21, 23, 29 March,
18 April, 2018
Sinfonieorchester Münster
Conductor: Golo Berg
Stage director: Carlos Wagner
Stage and costume design: Christophe Ouvrard

Cast:
The Angel: Kathrin Filip
Harper Pitt: Kristi-Anna Isene
Hannah Pitt: Suzanne McLeod
Joseph Pitt: Filippo Bettoschi
Prior Walter: Christian Miedl
Louis Ironson: David Zimmer
Belize: Yosemeh Adjei
Roy Cohn: Christoph Stegemann
Vocal trio: Melanie Spitau, Barbara Bräckelmann, Frederik Schauhoff

Theater Freiburg, Germany
new production
10, 18, 28 March,
7, 27 April,
10, 18 May,
3 June, 2018
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg
Conductor: Daniel Carter
Stage Director: Ingo Kerkhof
Stage design: Dirk Becker
Costume: Inge Medert

Cast:
Susana Schnell (Angel),
Inga Schäfer
(Harper Pitt),
Anja Jung
(Hannah Pitt),
Jin Seok Lee
(Roy Cohn),
Joshua Kohl
(Louis Ironson),
John Carpenter
(Joseph Pitt),
Robin Adams
(Prior Walter),
Bernhard Landauer (Belize),
Irina Jae Eun Park (Vocaltrio S),
Jongsoo Yang
(Vocaltrio B)

Yuki Toyoshima (Vocaltrio M)

 

Vienna, Austria
Neue Oper Wien
new production
September, 2019, Vienna

 
Budapest, Hungary
Müpa
10, 12 October, 2019
Neue Oper Wien production