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The Nightingale and Other Short Fables

US Premiere
Mar 2—Mar 6, 2011
RUN TIME: 2hrs with intermission
LANGUAGE: In Russian with English titles
March 2011
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Wednesday March 02, 2011
Performances no longer available.

Presented by the Canadian Opera Company and BAM

By Igor Stravinsky
Conducted by Johannes Debus
Directed by Robert Lepage

“…nothing short of brilliant…”
—Opera (UK)

A theatrical alchemist who combines music, movement, and song into invariably mesmerizing productions, Robert Lepage (Lipsynch, 2009 Next Wave; the Metropolitan Opera's new Ring cycle) returns to BAM with The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, a brilliant assemblage of works by Stravinsky (Ragtime, Pribaoutki, The Fox, and others) bound together by an inspired mix of pan-Asian puppetry, opera, acrobatics-and 20,000 gallons of water.

The centerpiece of this work is Stravinsky's ingenious take on Hans Christian Andersen's tale of an emperor's curiously songful bird, The Nightingale. Lepage reimagines the opera as an aquatic fantasy, transforming the orchestra pit into a luminescent lagoon teeming with half-submerged singers, puppet-piloted boats, and lashing dragons. All the while, impervious to the commotion, the diminutive protagonist soars.

Set design by Carl Fillion
Costume design by Mara Gottler
Puppet design by Michael Curry
Lighting design by Etienne Boucher

Co-produced with Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Opéra national de Lyon, and Netherlands Opera in collaboration with Ex Machina