Michael Ching: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Albany TROY150708

Michael Ching: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

£24.65

Label: Albany

Cat No: TROY150708

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 3rd November 2014

Contents

Artists

Jeremiah Johnson
Jennifer Goode Cooper
Kent Fleshman
John Dooley
Laura Stracko
Emily Bodkin
Kristin Vienneau
Kyle Huey
Robert Legge
Toney Walsh III
Charles Ponder
Thomas ’TeKay’ King
Abby Walsh
James Riddick
Tom Watkins
Nicole Hale
Kip Long
Ebone Amos
Heather Jenkins
Jay Mednikow
Opera Memphis
DeltaCappella
Riva

Conductor

Curtis Tucker

Works

Ching, Michael

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Artists

Jeremiah Johnson
Jennifer Goode Cooper
Kent Fleshman
John Dooley
Laura Stracko
Emily Bodkin
Kristin Vienneau
Kyle Huey
Robert Legge
Toney Walsh III
Charles Ponder
Thomas ’TeKay’ King
Abby Walsh
James Riddick
Tom Watkins
Nicole Hale
Kip Long
Ebone Amos
Heather Jenkins
Jay Mednikow
Opera Memphis
DeltaCappella
Riva

Conductor

Curtis Tucker

About

An opera without an orchestra? Composer Michael Ching’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream - opera a cappella - deploys a 'voicestra' of a cappella singers rather than instruments in the pit. Heidi Waleson of the Wall Street Journal wrote in her review that this “remarkably inventive opera is a celebration of what voices can do and still, with the exception of a few startling vocal percussion effects, sound like voices. The voicestra…supports the singers on stage, its overlapping lines and syllables weaving around them, amplifying their characters and conflicts, sometimes echoing their words (or even their thoughts) or supplying atmosphere.”

MSND features the original Opera Memphis cast production of January 2011, produced by DeltaCappella, mastered by Tony Huerta and recorded in legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, The result is a spellbinding blend of voices that uniquely captures the romance and otherworldliness of Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer’s Night Dream' for today’s audiences.

The passion and finesse of opera, the vernacular phrasing of musical theatre, and the organic voicing of contemporary a cappella all combine to create a unique and powerful fusion of traditions that provide a novel and beautiful listening experience that illuminates the libretto with what Waleson calls “a human dimension”.

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