Carson Kievman

Jeffrey Marc Buchman
Stage Director

Mary Adeyln Kauffman
Music Director

Alain Lores
Projection / Set Design

Patrick Tennent
Lighting Design

Camila Haith
Costume Design

Rosa Merecedes

Michael Miles
Properties Design

(JUNE 4 - 8:00 p.m.)
(JUNE 5 - 8:00 p.m.)

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‘SoBe Arts' Intelligent Systems’ is a smashing success
The Miami Herald / South Florida Classical Review
Composer Kievman to go cosmic with long-gestating, interstellar opera 
South Florida Classical Review/Miami Herald

Intelligent Systems: An Opera for the Modern World
Miami New Times

SoBe Arts presents the world premiere of
the Surrender of Self in Mystical Contemplation

June 4 - 14, 2015

Music & Storyboard/Libretto by Carson Kievman

An Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Musical Ride through the Evolution of the Universe.
Only a few passenger seats per flight.

Eric McConnel

MIDI realization of music from Scene 4 "Hybolt Intrusion" and images from throughout the storyboard/libretto

Danielle Buonaiuto, soprano as Dr. Helium White
Nathalie Avila, soprano as Mission Specialist Hydrogen Jade
Zaray Rodriguez, mezzo soprano as Professor Nitrogen Scarlet
Timothy Stoddard, tenor as Flight Engineer Oxygen Cobalt
David Robinson, baritone as Commander Plutonium Plum
Eric McConnell , bass-baritone as Science Officer Curium Black

Stage Director, Jeffrey Marc Buchman / Music Director, Mary Adelyn Kauffman / Projection Design, Alain Lores / Choreographer Rosa Mercedes / Costume Design, Camila Haith / Lighting Design, Patrick Tennent / Properites Design, Michael Miles / Stage Manager, Jane Rosenbaum / Rehearsal Pianist, Elena Formicheva / Assistant Stage Manager, Robyn Meredith Davis / Sound Design, Carolina Perez / Sound Assistant, Jack Le Sante

Digital Artist, Barbara Gutierrez / Digital Artist, Andrew Lopez / Digital Artist, Steven Guas / Executive Producer, Brian Bobinski

Conductor, Mary Adelyn Kauffman / Flute, Carol Naveira-Nicholson / Bb Clarinet, Carlos Ortega / Bb Clar./Bass Clarinet, Christine Pascual-Fernandez / French Horn, Matthew Marshall / Percussion, Karli Mason & Tyson Voigt / Keyboards, Elena Fomicheva, Masami Miyazaki / Violins, Anna Tsukervanik & Nora Maria Lastre / Violas, Felicia Besan & David RIker / Cellos, Hilary Glen & Anna Litvenko

In June 2015, SoBe Arts presented the world premiere of Intelligent Systems, a provocative 90 minute multimedia opera exploring epic conflicts at the intersections of the natural universe, technology and humanity.

Through a wonderful integration of sonic and visual images, audience members were taken through time and space on a quest to understand — and actually feel as though they are experiencing — creation, natural catastrophe, social evolution, and the modern threat of self-annihilation.

Composer Carson Kievman was originally inspired to begin work on this project more than 30 years ago when Stephen Hawking published his groundbreaking research on the Big Bang theory and the transformative nature of the universe. In 1980, Dr. Kievman received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and, in 1982, a commission from Germany’s Donaueschingen Festival to begin developing the work. The musical score and storyboard/libretto were created periodically through the ensuing years and finally revised, updated and completed early this year.

Intelligent Systems maps out the history of a parallel universe and one of its planets as a series of natural catastrophes occurring over billions of years, leading to the development of civilization and ultimately a man-made catastrophe (including climate change and sea-level rise; raging viral pandemic; out-of-control digital miscommunications; and global nuclear fallout) followed by a post-apocalyptic speculation about what a future species might look and act like. 

These are big ideas, and they translate well into a music-theater experience using animated projections, vocal, and instrumental ensembles. The evening was made more engaging through the use of unique costuming, and unusual stage and lighting effects. Intelligent Systems is a one-of-a-kind theatrical event that reaches a degree of communication beyond the normal opera/music-theater experience

For this new production, SoBe Arts engaged the production team from last season's triumph: Fairy Tales, Songs of the Dandelion Woman, a chamber opera by Carson Kievman that received rave reviews * and considerable local and national attention.

INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS ran for seven performances from June 4 (open dress rehearsal) and June 5 (world premiere) through June 14 in the Little Stage Theater at SoBe Institute of the Arts, a beautiful, historic setting and intimate venue on Miami Beach. - .

“Intimate theater at its best, only a few passenger seats per flight!”

Little Stage Theater @ SoBe Arts


Thursday, June 4, 2015
Open Dress Rehearsal

(email events@sobearts.org to reserve passenger seats)
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater

Friday, June 5, 2015

World Premiere
Includes a post-performance VIP celebration
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater

June 6 through June 14, 2015
Additional performances (Fridays and Saturdays 8pm & Sundays 7:30pm)

For information contact events@sobearts.org or (305) 674-9220
Box Office opens 1 hour before all performances


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Horowitz Family Foundation     Firestone Family Foundation     Audrey Love Charitable Foundation

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Discounted tickets available for groups of 10 or more – call 305 674 9220


logo SoBe Arts 2014/15 Season is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Horowitz Family Foundation, the Firestone Family Foundation, the Collins Park Fund at Miami Foundation, the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, The New World Symphony, The Betsy-South Beach & The Betsy Writers Room, Gol Ristorante-Pizzaeria, as well as our generous individual donors and volunteers. Series sponsors and individual matching contributions help us to keep our events free or low cost to all.  Please consider sponsoring one or more events or making a tax deductible donation to SoBe Institute of the Arts, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit arts education and performance organization. For more information contact (305) 674-9220.


Carl Fisher Clubhouse / Little Stage Theater Complex
2100b Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL. 33139
305-674-9220 / events@sobearts.org


Dr. Helium White
Danielle Buonaiuto

Danielle Buonaiuto

Mission Specialist
Hydrogen Jade
Nathalie Avila

Nathalie Avila

Nitrogen Scarlett
Zaray Rodriguez

Zaray Rodriguez
Mezzo Soprano

Flight Engineer
Oxygen Cobalt
Timothy Stoddard

Timothy Stoddard

Plutonium Plum
David Robinson

David Robinson

Science Officer
Curium Black
Eric McConnell
Eric McConnel



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