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March 19, 2018

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Opera/Puppets/Acrobatics at BAM

By Alexandra Glorioso

Nightingale at BAM
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Mon., Mar. 1, 7 p.m. (more shows listed below): Featuring the American premiere of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, presented by the Canadian Opera Company and BAM, called “brilliant” in UK’s Opera, and a “masterpiece,” by the Toronto Sun.

A theatrical alchemist who combines music, movement, and song into invariably mesmerizing productions, Robert Lepage (Lipsynch, 2009 Next Wave; the Metropolitan Opera’s new Ringcycle) returns to BAM with The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, a brilliant assemblage of works by Stravinsky (Ragtime, Pribaoutki, The Fox, and others) bound together by an inspired mix of pan-Asian puppetry, opera, acrobatics—and 20,000 gallons of water.

The centerpiece of this work is Stravinsky’s take on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of an emperor’s curiously songful bird, The Nightingale. Lepage reimagines the opera as an aquatic fantasy, transforming the orchestra pit into a luminescent lagoon teeming with half-submerged singers, puppet-piloted boats, and lashing dragons. All the while, impervious to the commotion, the diminutive protagonist soars.

Mar. 1, 3, 4: 7 p.m.
Mar. 6: 3 p.m.

120 min with intermission

Subscription Tickets: $28—120
(Full price: $35—150)

In Russian with English titles

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

30 Lafayette Street

Tickets 718.636.4100 x1



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