www.NEWYORKQNEWS.com   ::   www.FIREISLANDQNEWS.com   ::   www.QNEWSMEGAMALL.com   ::   www.GAYLIFEINAMERICA.com   ::  ad.  www.THEBESTOFFIREISLAND.com
       HOME        SHOW LISTINGS        NEW YORK CITY        ART & MUSEUMS        REAL ESTATE        RESTAURANTS        SHOPPING
   blogs: mundo[Q].com   |   [Q]metropolis »  
advertisement: www.26west17.com »   |   www.cjmingolelli.com »
   
  
Gordon & Vavrek’s Rich & Wonderful “27,” Presented by MasterVoices, Considers Lives & Love of Stein & Toklas
by Bruce-Michael Gelbert      |   follow us...

   
 

(left to right) Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, Heidi Stober, Stephanie Blythe, Daniel Brevik & MasterVoices photo by Erin Baiano, Royce Vavrek & Ricky Ian Gordon by Bruce-Michael Gelbert

.......................................................................................................................................................................................
Composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek’s rich and wonderful recent opera “27” had its New York premiere at New York City Center on October 20, thanks to MasterVoices, formerly the Collegiate Chorale. “27” is the life story and love story of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, “her secretary,” “her biographer,” and most importantly, “her wife,” and the story of collections, of paintings and of creative artists. “27” is a portrait gallery, like “Four Saints in Three Acts,” and a history pageant, like “The Mother of Us All,” Stein’s operas with Virgil Thomson, and one can envision it taking a place in a festival with them, as it continues to get the exposure it deserves. “27” is lyrical and funny and thoughtful, when it’s supposed to be, and dramatic and heartrending, when it has to be. “27” takes its name from Stein and Toklas’ home and artist salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus, in Paris, and we’re all invited.
“27” is a triumph for Gordon and Vavrek and a tour-de-force for all of the performers: for earth mother mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, who embodies Stein, much as she does Orfeo, Fricka, Giuseppe Verdi’s tempestuous mezzos, and Kate Smith, and hardly less so for expressive soprano Heidi Stober, succeeding Elizabeth Futral of the 2014 St. Louis world premiere, as Toklas; for the trio of high tenor Theo Lebow, incisive baritone Tobias Greenhalgh, and booming bass-baritone Daniel Brevik, portraying the painters and their wives, writers, villains, soldiers, and the paintings themselves; for the MasterVoices, cheerfully welcoming us to the famous address, celebrating the end of Stein’s writer’s block, and harshly trying Stein in an imaginary courtroom scene; and for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, giving us the lighthearted “La Bohème”-like opening, chimes, and storms, under Ted Sperling’s baton. James Robinson directed and designs were by Allen Moyer (set), James Schuette (costumes), James F. Ingalls (lighting), and Tom Watson (wigs).
Memorable moments abound, from Stober’s Toklas’ ringing solo, which becomes a grand love duet with Blythe, limning the bells that signal the arrival of genius and giving reassurance that Stein will write again; Blythe’s Stein’s towering ’11-o’clock number,” “I’ve Been Called Many Things,” summing up her life, from within a picture frame, after her death, much as Mother of Us All Susan B. Anthony’s statue looks back over her “long long life;” Toklas’ pointed commentary about the artists’ wives, whose vapid conversation runs to hats and furs, courtesy of Lebow, Greenhalgh, and Brevik, seconded by MasterVoices; Lebow’s Picasso’s flattery, despair, and whimsy, and return to the widowed Toklas’ side in time to see his painting of Stein shipped off to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Greenhalgh and Brevik’s tirades, as the homophobic villains of the piece, respectively Stein’s brother Leo, who denigrates her writing, Alice’s place in Stein’s life, and Picasso’s paintings, and macho ingrate Ernest Hemingway, entering schlepping an elephant corpse, and cursing Stein and her writing as he leaves; and the powerful trial scene, where the ensemble accuses Stein of collaborating with the Vichy government, puppet of the Nazis, an episode Gordon and Vavrek do not shy away from, when Gertrude compromised to save her life and Alice’s—Jewish lesbians in a dangerously hostile environment—and the art collection as well.
Following the two performances of “27,” MasterVoices’ season continues with two operas-in-progress, Theo Popov and Tony Asaro’s “The Halloween Tree,” after Ray Bradbury, on October 30, and Justine F. Chen and David Simpatico’s “The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing,” on January 12, 2017, both at Merkin Concert Hall; and Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion,” with Michael Slattery, Jesse Blumberg, Latonia Moore, Tamara Mumford, and Ben Bliss, on February 9, and Victor Herbert’s “Babes in Toyland,” with Kelli O’Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, and Christopher Fitzgerald, on April 27, both at Carnegie Hall. Visit www.mastervoices.org for further information and www.altnyc.org and www.carnegiehall.org for tickets.

 

   Advertisements

   Fire Island Pines Real Estate, Cherry Grove Real Estate, all Fire Island Real Estate - Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate     Fire Island Pines Real Estate, Cherry Grove Real Estate, all Fire Island Real Estate - Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate
New York Q News Fire Island Realtors The Best Of Fire Island
Gay E-zine with everything hip and happening in New York City. News and events all around the city.
www.newyorkqnews.com
..........................................................
The best summer rentals properties and homes for sale in all of Fire Island, The Pines and the Grove.
www.fireislandrealtors.com
..........................................................
Fire Island Pines, Cherry Grove, Ocean Beach, Water Island & all of Fire Island Residentials Sales and Summer Rentals.
www.thebestoffireisland.com
..........................................................
   
New York City Real Estate - Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate Fire Island Pines Real Estate, Cherry Grove Real Estate, all Fire Island Real Estate - Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Shopping Online? Real Estate Blog CJ Mingolelli
Gives Us a Try. Online Mega Mall. Your community online shopping mall/Apparel, Books, Movies, Cars, Homes and much, much more ...
www.qnewsmegamall.com
..........................................................
www.26west17.com
Real Estate News, tips and comments about New York City and Fire Island Real Estate.
Visit Our BLOG >>
..........................................................
Fire Island Pines & Cherry Grove Homes For Sale & Summer Rentals: Season, Month & Weekly.
www.cjmingolelli.com
..........................................................



  

ADVERTISEMENT













FEATURED HOME FOR SALE
MORE FIRE ISLAND HOMES FOR SALE & RENT AT:
The Best of Fire Island.com >>
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Apple Store

 














[ Return to Top of the Page ]