Out of Darkness

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Jake Heggie
Catherine Cook, soprano; Caitlin Lynch, soprano; Michael Mayes, baritone; Robert Orth, baritone; Ava Pine, soprano

Out of Darkness is MOR’s newest commission from the internationally acclaimed team of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. The two-act opera is a powerful portrait of survival that conveys the vastness of the scope of the Holocaust through emotionally rich depictions of those caught in its grasp. The first act, titled “Krystyna,” tells the true story of Krystyna Zywulska, whose daring poems became anthems of defiance among her fellow prisoners in Auschwitz. Act Two, “Gad,” explores the fate of homosexuals during the Holocaust through the experience of Gad Beck and Manfred Lewin, two idealistic young lovers in 1930s Berlin whose lives and love were torn apart under Nazi rule.

Heggie and Scheer tell these stories with uncompromising emotional honesty, and with deep compassion that never descends to pathos or sentimentality. Their richly textured music conveys an understanding of those touched by the Holocaust, in all their complicated humanity.

"Mr. Heggie may well be the richest, most accessible, most captivating opera composer since Benjamin Britten...He reduces major universal issues to credible personal stories, to which a listener can connect."

- The Wall Street Journal (2015)


Click here to learn more about the cast and background of Out of Darkness, and to download the press release and electronic press kit.


Seattle Concert Ticket Information
Tickets: $45 Phone Orders: 1-206 365-7770 Online Orders: www.musicofremembrance.org
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall; 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2016

San Francisco Concert Ticket Information
Tickets: $60 - $75 Phone Orders: 1-206 365-7770 Online Orders: www.musicofremembrance.org
San Francisco Conservatory of Music; 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 26, 2016


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Jake Heggie
Out of Darkness  World Premiere Performances
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Commissioned by Music of Remembrance

Caitlin Lynch, soprano, Ava Pine, soprano; Catherine Cook, mezzo soprano; Michael Mayes, baritone; Robert Orth, baritone

Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Jessica Choe, piano

Mina Miller, Artistic Director
Erich Parce, Stage Director
Joseph Mechavich, Conductor
Matthew Antaky, Lighting & Scenic Designer
David Murakami, Media Designer
Laura Anderson, Production & Stage Manager