Old and New Indian/Western Opera meet in double bill

savriv_275On November 14 & 15, Festival Opera, in Oakland, CA will be staging a double bill of Gustav Holst’s chamber opera “Savitri” and Jack Perla’s new work “River of Light”.

The late British composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934) has been known, especially in his vocal work, to have a special fascination with India. His chamber opera is based on the story of Savitri and Satyavan from the Mahabharata. Both words and music are written by the composer.

Bay-Area composer Jack Perla‘s “River of Light” tells a more contemporary tale. “Having moved from India, Meera loves her new husband, her high-powered job, and the Houston lifestyle ¬†until the birth of her daughter makes her long to recreate authentic Diwali traditions at home. The tale unfolds in about 30 minutes with a score that draws extensively on North Indian ragas and an orchestra that mixes Western instruments with sitar and the tabla.” The librettist is the acclaimed author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

The two lead female roles will be sung by the outstanding young Indian-American coloratura soprano Maya Kherani, and male roles will be shared between three Festival Opera veterans, bass-baritone Philip Skinner, tenor Jorge Garza, and baritone Daniel Cilli.

To read the full article, and to purchase tickets click here, or call 1-800-838-3006.

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