WHEN FAITH IS SHAKEN, THE TRUTH SHALL SET US FREE. KURT WEILL / MAXWELL ANDERSONLost in the Stars (1949)
WNO'S RETURN TO THE EISENHOWER THEATER
In English with Projected English Titles
Production from Cape Town Opera "Unbearably moving... Mr. Owens triumphed."--The New York Times
Following his turn as WNO's The Flying Dutchman,
renowned bass-baritone Eric Owens stars in Kurt Weill's final work for the stage, a gripping musical tragedy based on Alan Paton's classic 1948 novel Cry, the Beloved Country.
Owens returns to the role of Stephen Kumalo, a minister in apartheid-era South Africa who travels from his small village to Johannesburg to find his troubled son. When his own flesh and blood accidentally kills the son of a white neighbor, the reverend is suddenly faced with a crisis of faith. Amidst growing racial tensions, he fights to keep his family together, lead his alarmed congregation, and reconcile his own shaken notions of mercy and hope.
Merging influences from Broadway, gospel, African spirituals, jazz, and blues, Lost in the Stars
soars with thrilling operatic passages, including the haunting title number. In 2012, WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello brought this production from Cape Town to The Glimmerglass Festival, prompting Opera Today
to call it "powerful lyric theater of the top tier." And the New York Times
raved, "Mr. Owens's complete identification with Kumalo comes through in every moment of his searing portrayal."Performance Timing: Act One - 75 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 60 min.
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Stephen Kumalo Eric Owens
The Leader Sean Panikkar
James Jarvis Wynn Harmon
Director Tazewell Thompson
Conductor John DeMain
Set and Costume Designer Michael Mitchell*
Lighting Designer Robert Wierzel
COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
Musicologist Saul Lilienstein leads the Thu., Feb. 18 Opera Insight, starting 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes.
Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Lost in the Stars.
Feb. 12- Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director
Feb. 13- Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director
Feb.14-Andrew Jorgensen, Dir. of Artistic Planning and Operations interviews Michael Mitchell, set designer
Feb. 16-Andrew Jorgensen, Dir. of Artistic Planning and Operations interviews John DeMain, conductor
Feb. 17-Andrew Jorgensen, Dir. of Artistic Planning and Operations interviews Musa Ngqunqwana, bass-baritone
Feb. 18-Saul Lillienstein / Explore the Arts
Feb. 19- Colin Brush, Artistic Associate interviews selected members of the cast tbd
Feb. 20mat- Michael Heaston, Dir. of the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program / Advisor to the Artistic Director
Feb. 20eve- Michael Heaston, Dir. of the Domingo Cafritz Young Artist Program / Advisor to the Artistic Director STAY AFTER FOR A FREE ARTIST Q&A
Following these performances:
Sunday matinee, Feb. 14
Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production. All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.
FREE RELATED EVENTS ON THE MILLENNIUM STAGE:
Feb. 9: Lost in the Stars preview concert
with members of the WNO Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists
Feb. 13: Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. presents Cry, the Beloved Country!
, a concert featuring freedom songs from the South African liberation movement.