Criminal Element

Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 7:30pm
JACK (505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238)
$20 advance sales | $25 at the door

Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8:00pm
Area 405 (405 E Oliver St Baltimore, MD 21202)
$15 advance sales | $20 at the door


PROGRAM

JUDAH ADASHI, JENNY BECK, SIDNEY BOQUIREN, JOSHUA BORNFIELD, NOMI EPSTEIN, ALEXANDRA GARDNER, TIM HANSEN, ANDREW HISTAND, MARK LACKEY, ANNA MEADORS, RACHEL PETERS and ASHLEY WANG Twelve One-Minute “Signature” Operas (world premiere, RWO commission)

DAVID SMOOKE Criminal Element (RWO commission)


CAST

Elisabeth Halliday, soprano
Bonnie Lander, soprano
Robert Maril, baritone
David Brasington, puppeteer
Daniel Friedman, puppeteer
Jessie Poole, puppeteer

PRODUCTION

Valeska Populoh, designer and co-director
David Smooke, co-director
David Crandall, lighting design and technical director
Margaret Rorison, video design
Emilee Wooten, assistant puppet builder
Ruby Fulton, production manager
Rachel Christensen, stage manager

ORCHESTRA

SONAR New Music Ensemble
Colin Sorgi, violin
Lauren Rausch, violin
Jaclyn Dorr, viola
Alicia Ward, cello

George Lam, conductor


“However ‘Criminal Element’ is ultimately classified genre-wise,
it adds up to a highly creative, absorbing experience.”
- The Baltimore Sun

In 2010, Rhymes With Opera commissioned Baltimore composer David Smooke to create Criminal Element, a forty-minute “non-opera” based loosely around the story of outlaw French bank trader Jérôme Kerviel, with an invented language by Smooke.

RWO concludes its 2012-13 season with a new, fully staged production of Criminal Element. The production will be designed by Valeska Populoh, and will be co-directed by Populoh and composer David Smooke. Criminal Element features lighting design by David Crandall and video design by Margaret Rorison.

In addition, RWO will be premiering twelve one-minute operas by Judah Adashi, Jenny Beck, Sidney Boquiren, Joshua Bornfield,Nomi Epstein, Alexandra Gardner, Tim Hansen, Andrew Histand, Mark Lackey, Anna Meadors, Rachel Peters, and Ashley Wang. These brand-new operas were commissioned especially for this performance.

RWO will be joined by Baltimore’s SONAR New Music Ensemble, who will accompany the ensemble for this production.

What drives someone to cheat? Come to JACK (Brooklyn, NY – July 11) and Area 405 (Baltimore, MD – July 13) to see a bank fraud in action, brought to surreal life as an engaging new opera.


MEET OUR ONE-MINUTE OPERA COMPOSERS and hear a ONE-MINUTE excerpt of their work!

  • Judah Adashi

    Judah Adashi

  • Jenny Beck

    Jenny Beck

  • Sidney Boquiren

    Sidney Boquiren

  • Alexandra Gardner

    Alexandra Gardner

  • Nomi Epstein

    Nomi Epstein

  • Tim Hansen

    Tim Hansen

  • Andrew Histand

    Andrew Histand

  • Mark Lackey

    Mark Lackey

  • Anna Meadors

    Anna Meadors

  • Rachel Peters

    Rachel Peters

  • Ashley Wang

    Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang

TAKE A LISTEN to our 2011 premiere of Criminal Element!


Thank you to our production sponsors!

“OPRAH” PRODUCERS ($500+)

Anonymous (1)

“DEEPAK CHOPRA” SUPPORTERS ($25 – $499)

Anonymous (16)
John Belkot
Stephanie Bishop
Susan Brandt
Kevin Clark
John Clum
Matthew Craig
Fatma Daglar
Edna Kurtz Emmet
Noris Friedman
Neal Goren
Robert Halliday
Michael Hicks
Zona Hosteltler
John Johnson
Greg Jukes
Su Young Kang

Judy Lam
Wesley Landry
Eric Lemmon
Elise Levine
Anita Li
Ryan MacGavin
Joe Magar
Dawn Magyar
Steve Maril
Anna Meadors
Ursula Mills
Rebecca Nightingale
Robin Orttung
Andrea Quan
Shari Quan
Sean Quinn

Elizabeth Ryan
Justin Sabe
Marian Savige
Alan Shockley
Amanda Sidebotteom
Sara Sitzer
Douglas Smooke
Matthew Somoroff
John Thomas
Rachel Trapp
Evan Tucker
Ingrid Velmonte
Jonathan Wall
John Ward
Erling Wold
Geoffrey Wright

WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM

Anonymous (5)
Judah Adashi
Jenny Beck
Emily Bielagus
Kaleigh Butcher
Luke Dahn
Natalie Draper

Bonnie Jones
Deborah Mason
Dave Paek
Mark Phillips
Lauren Rausch
Colin Read
DJ Rice
Margot Rood

Stephanie Salerno
Carlynn Savot
Andrew Shield
Michael Stevenson
Mike Szczurek
Justin Tierney
Jill Warne
Sarah Washburn


How do I get there?

July 11, 2013 | Brooklyn, NY
JACK (505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY)

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July 13, 2013 | Baltimore, MD
Area 405 (405 E Oliver St, Baltimore, MD)

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