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SoBe Institute of the Arts’ Hamlet opera takes important step with premiere

"Hamlet’s solo monologues are poignantly emotive, the beautiful arioso writing dramatically powerful.

A strong theatrical crescendo builds from the confrontation of Hamlet and Ophelia through the play within a play and Ophelia’s haunting mad scene. Indeed one of Kievman’s major accomplishments is turning the usually nondescript character of Ophelia into a strong dramatic persona."

Lawrence Budmen, The Miami Herald / South Florida Concert review 2/3/12

VIDEO BELOW: Highlights from the world premiere of a staged concert version of HAMLET Soundtheater/Opera at SoBe Arts' Little Stage Theater, Miami Beach, February 24 - March 11, 2012. The final commission by legendary theatrical producer Joseph Papp for the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival (1987-91) but never performed due to Papp's passing in 1991. {Note: For this production the singers were accompanied by digital piano and/or midi realization instead of instrumental orchestrations]

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"Carson Kievman is a composer of extremely original music, which is rare"
Olivier Messiaen, composer

Please join us for one of the most exciting events of the current season: the World Premiere Production of HAMLET Soundtheater (Opera), by Carson Kievman, at SoBe Institute of the Arts (Miami Beach) this coming February/March. Pulsing, provocative and multidimensional, this contemporary take on Shakespeare's classic drama was commissioned and scheduled for performance 20 years ago for the New York Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater by legendary New York theatrical producer Joseph Papp, but it remained unperformed due to Papp's tragic passing. This SoBe Arts production is already garnering national and international attention.

For this production, SoBe Arts has engaged the acclaimed New York opera conductor John Yaffé, as well as a top-flight cast of singers from both New York City, Philadelphia, Memphis and Miami. Audiences will have the opportunity to see HAMLET in a run of ten performances from February 24 through March 11 in the Little Stage Theater on the SoBe Arts campus, a beautiful, historic setting and intimate venue that will truly make this a once in a lifetime experience . .-

Hamlet Informational Video

 

SOBE ARTS PRESENTS
HAMLET
Soundtheater / Opera

Music & Libretto by Carson Kievman. World Premiere of Staged Concert Version. Commissioned by Joseph Papp for the New York Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater. Based on: The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare. Stage Director, Carson Kievman. Music Director, John Yaffé. Lighting Designer, Robert Perry. Costume Designer, Angelina Exposito. Melissa Futch, Stage Manager. Mark Schubert, Sound. Yueh-Yin Liao, Pianist/Coach. Mary Adelyn Kauffman, Chorus Master/Rehearsal Pianist/Coach. Robert Chumbley, Rehearsal Pianist.

Little Stage Theater @ SoBe Arts

Friday, February 24 through Sunday, March 11, 2012

Audio Sample: Act 4, Scene 5-Valentine’s Day (excerpt)--MP3
from Reading at Joseph Papp - Public Theater, David Arden, Music Director, Eddie Strauss, accompanist, New York, NY

"I have been familiar with Mr. Kievman’s work since 1978, when I produced his brilliantly innovative musical work for the theater, WAKE UP, IT’S TIME TO GO TO BED! I feel that Mr. Kievman ranks among the foremost modern composers in his understanding of both the components of musical composition and in the particular demands of a theatrical music work. Mr. Kievman has the somewhat rare ability to translate the dramatic and emotional contexts of his works to his audience in a powerful and profound way musically." Joseph Papp, producer

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Friday, February 24, 2012
Special VIP Highlights & Reception
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$100 (Includes VIP champagne celebration sponsored by
Laurent-Perrier (Sarah Halstead) and Sylvano Restaurant (Sylvano Carrara)
For information call 305.674.9220 / www.sobearts.org

Friday, March 2, 2012

World Premiere
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $12.50
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Performance
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $12.50
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Performance
7:30 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $12.50
Friday, March 9, 2012
Performance
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $12.50
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Performance
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $12.50
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Performance
7:30 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $12.50

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

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

"But that won't stop Kievman from writing for the rest of the world. He spends part of each day composing the last scenes of HAMLET. He has promised Papp he'll finish the opera by April 23, Shakespeare's birthday. The premiere production is slated for next season in New York. Remarkably, Kievman is setting the original and problematic old English text to music. Though he has done a little condensing. It is essentially a complete, faithful HAMLET. But the music, with its often aggressive, rockish vocal writing and minimalist-flavored rhythmic pulses, and the staging, which will be wildly visual, might have startled the Danish prince."
Tim Smith, Sun-Sentinel, Sunday, April 2, 1989

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Little Stage Theater @SoBe Arts is an intimate space with limited seating. For additional information contact events@sobearts.org or (305) 674-9220. Box Office opens 1 hour before all performances

PRESS RELEASE (PDF)

After advance ticket purchase you will receive a receipt via email.
Tickets will be held in your name at the Box Office

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


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logoSoBe Institute of the Arts 2011/2012 season is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council and the City of Miami Beach, as well as private foundations and individual donors.  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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

HAMLET
Ken Mattice
Ken Mattice

OPHELIA
Meagan Brus
Megan Brus

CLAUDIUS /
GHOST
Michael Douglas Jones
Richard Zuch

GERTRUDE
Danielle Krause
Danielle Krause

POLONIUS/
GRAVEDIGGER
Richard Cassell
Richard Cassell

LAERTES/
2ND PLAYER
Jeffrey Wienand
Jeffrey Weinand

HORATIO
Justin John Moniz
Justin Moniz

ROSENCRANTZ / PLAYER KING
Enrique Estrada
Enrique Estrada

GUILDENSTERN/
OSRIC
David Schnell
David Schnell

PLAYER QUEEN
Jillian Staffiera
Jillian Staffiera

MARCELLUS / 2ND CLOWN
Kunya Rowley
Kunya Rowley

CAPTAIN / GENTLEMAN
Enrique Coizeau
Enrique Coizeau

BERNARDO / FORTINBRAS
John Cabrali
John cabrali