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Past Performances Main Stage - 2017 / 2018

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David Lang's provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, The Little Match Girl Passion
“I don't think I've ever been so moved by a new, and largely unheralded, composition as I was by David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, which is unlike any music I know. ” —Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize Juror
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Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale is given the vocal treatment in this Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, by one of America’s most performed composers, David Lang

With staging by Dora Award-Winner and Stratford Festival Alumni Jennifer Tarver, this fairy tale for four voices explores the hope and suffering present in this ill-fated girl’s story.

David Lang, Composer

“What drew me to The Little Match Girl,” explained Lang, “is that the strength of the story lies not in its plot but in the fact that all its parts – the horror and the beauty – are constantly suffused with their opposites. The girl’s bitter present is locked together with the sweetness of her memories, her poverty is always suffused with her hopefulness. There is a kind of naive equilibrium between suffering and hope.”

This last Main Stage show of our 35th Season also features a world premiere from Canadian opera legend (and Juno-nominee!) James Rolfe. With a libretto by “The Queen of Expressionism” Else Lasker-Schüler, I Think We Are Angels is an exploration of the life of this incredible poet. Journey though the youthful celebration of physical, sensual love through to the acceptance of the end of life with four voices and wunderkind Michael Bridge.

Canadian composer James Rolfe

James Rolfe’s world premiere, I Think We Are Angels, is co-commissioned by Michael and Sonja Koerner and Stanley H. Witkin.

FEATURED PERFORMERS

  • Vania Chan, soprano
  • Andrea Ludwig, mezzo soprano
  • Colin Ainsworth, tenor
  • Stephen Hegedus, baritone
  • Michael Bridge, accordion

CREATIVE TEAM

  • Jennifer Tarver, creative consultant
  • John Hess, musical director
  • Susie Burpee, movement artist
  • Andjelija Djuric, costume designer
  • Kim Purtell, lighting designer
Vania Chan
Andrea Ludwig
Colin Ainsworth
Stephen Hegedus