Opera Parallèle: Sophia’s Forest
Thursday, February 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
With music by Lembit Beecher and libretto by Hannah Moscovitch, Opera Parallèle will present an opera in one act, Sophia’s Forest, the story of a young girl who has recently immigrated to the United States, having survived a traumatic journey through the chaos of a civil war in her homeland. During the course of the opera, we see Sophia as an adult remembering her childhood, as a nine-year old recent immigrant to the U.S., and in flashback to a couple of years earlier, as a child escaping her homeland with her mother, Anna, and sister, Emma. Sophia’s Forest is an exploration of both the lasting effects on families of the immigrant experience, and the ways in which children use their imaginations to deal with trauma.
A central part of the production is nine electronically-controlled sound sculptures placed across the stage. The sound sculptures form part of the opera’s set as well as functioning as an instrumental chorus, blending with the string quartet and percussion to create the fantastical and dream-like musical landscape of the piece. Nicole Paiement is the conductor; the musical score will be performed by the Del Sol Quartet.
Full vaccination is required. Full vaccination is defined as two doses of Pfizer or Modera vaccines, completed by February 10, 2022, or one dose of Johnson and Johnson vaccine completed by February 10, 2022. A face covering is required for entry into this performance and must be worn at all times while inside. Patrons must be asymptomatic and without recent known exposure to anyone with COVID.
This event is in-person only. No food or drink other than water allowed in the cathedral.