HOUSTON―In celebration of the spring equinox, Divergence Vocal Theater presents: The 10th Muse: Opera for the Equinox, a fusion of opera, poetry and contemporary dance on March 20, 21 and 22.
Swirling tales of ancient Mediterranean women will be told through scenes and arias from Gounod’s “Sapho” and Berlioz’s “Les Troyens,” sung in French with supertitles, and a dramatic staging of poetry from Jill Alexander Essbaum and “Sapho.” Piano and violin works of Viardot and Boulanger will also be featured.
Performances will take place at the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex,.
The Barnevelder is located at 2201 Preston Street on the east side U.S. 59 across from Minute Maid Park. The facility recently completed the installation of a new $48,000 audience seating system for the comfort of its patrons, ensuring that everyone has a great seat with fantastic sight lines of the action occurring on stage.
After each show, join performers for a post-performance after party. Every Divergence Equinox Soiree will feature a surprise Houston-based musical guest such as Audio Telepathy. A suggested after-party donation of $10 is greatly appreciated.
Known as Houston’s renegade indie opera company, Divergence Vocal Theater takes a progressive attitude toward repertoire selection, leading to fearless contemporary staging and an exciting fusion of interdisciplinary arts that characterize its non-traditional approach to classical vocal repertoire. The result is boundary-defying performances featuring historic and new opera, art song, piano works, theater, dance and multimedia arts.
Led by artistic director Misha Penton, Divergence Vocal Theater productions merge repertoire from both opera and art song sources with dramatic text-based works from classical theater, original theater making and poetry. The organization is driven by a fascination with—and commitment to—the gems of Western classical music and theater literature traditions, from medieval to modern to wholly original.
Divergence Vocal Theater is singer-actor driven and committed to the development and creativity of a small group of performers. The goal is to establish relationships with professional singers who are fearless, multi-talented, risk-taking performers. Solo piano works and commissions of new works are also an integral part of Divergence Vocal Theater's unique company structure.
Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. - $20
Saturday, March 21 at 8 p.m. - $20
Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. - $40 - AIDS Foundation Houston Benefit
Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex
2201 Preston St, Houston, TX 77003
For more information and tickets: www.divergencevocaltheater.org
Photo: L to R: Kinga Ferguson, Michael Walsh, Misha Penton, Shelley Auer.
Photo Credit: David Brown