Figures from an Opera: An Installation for Stage

by Lillian Almeida

 

Created for Mortal Sphere, a recital by Soprano Laura Decher Wayte

Dedicated to my mother, Mary F. McKinstry 1931 - 2014

 

Backdrop painting: 36’ x 25’, Six panels. Plastic mesh, latex paint, wood, glue and hanging hardware. Forms designed to echo the painting “Paper Horses” from the Figures from an Opera series.

Floating silhouettes: Nine figures, approx. 20’ ea. Wire sheathed in rubber, and plastic tubing, clear monofilament, hanging hardware, metal conduit, spray paint.

Light and shadows (primarily during Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer 1915): effects created by Bob Durnell, using a minimal system of two lighting trees.

Mortal Sphere
Friday, November 13, 2015
Beall Hall, University of Oregon
Laura Wayte, soprano
Idit Shner, saxophone
Nathalie Fortin, piano
Lillian Almeida, artist


 

Ten Blake Songs Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

William Blake (1757-1827)

Infant Joy

A Poison Tree

The Piper

The Lamb

The Shepherd

Ah! Sun-flower

Cruelty has a Human Heart

The Divine Image

Eternity

 

I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY

Ellwood Derr (1932-2008)

Song cycle for soprano voice, alto saxophone and piano. On the poems by children who were incarcerated in the Nazi ghetto for Jews in Terezín, Czechoslovakia (1942-1944) and who died in Auschwitz before the end of October 1944.

Prologue: Terezín (Theresienstadt)

The Butterfly

The Old Man

Fear

The Garden

 

Knoxville: Summer of 1915 Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

James Agee (1909-1955)