Opera

Tree of Codes

Venue: Dock Street Theatre

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

Overview

US Premiere

MUSIC BY LIZA LIM
CONDUCTED BY JOHN KENNEDY
DIRECTED BY ONG KENG SEN

The present and future collide

Somewhere between memories and dreams, between the past and future, lies Tree of Codes—a splendidly mystifying journey into “a reality as thin as paper.” In this US premiere, acclaimed Australian composer Liza Lim dissolves boundaries to create holes in the world—perforations in which we might encounter more than one existence. Two-headed birds and layers of light conjure a magical world under Director Ong Keng Sen (Facing Goya; 2014) in this dramatic work inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer’s art book by the same name. Two singers take on multiple characters as the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, led by John Kennedy, weaves a descriptive soundscape full of the intricate details that attract us to fantasy. We don’t have the answers—we have the questions.

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Cast
  • Adela Marisol Montalvo
  • Son Elliot Madore
  • The Dresser Walter Dundervill

Opera programming is endowed by the Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation.