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  • February 26

    The Invention of Morel - Chicago Opera Theater | 7:30pm

    Chicago Opera Theater- The Studebaker Theater (410 S Michigan Ave) 3:00pm - 4:30pm

    Nathan Granner portrays the enigmatic Dr. Morel in this stunning world premiere opera by Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Jonathan Moore (Royal Shakespear Company). Chicago Opera Theater - The Studebaker Theater (410 S Michigan Ave) When a man has no hope, he has nothing left to lose. Time-bending love triumphs over convention in this futuristic story of love and desire. On a lonely island this sci-fi story redefines the limits of human connection and the power of love. Stewart Copeland, co-founder and drummer of The Police, sets this fantastical tale of the human heart to thrilling music for this co-world premiere with Long Beach Opera. The performance will run approximately 90 minutes and will be performed in English. Synopsis An escaped fugitive arrives on an isolated, strange island. While exploring his surroundings, he observes a group of tourists and quickly realizes something is not quite right in this paradise. Intrigued yet wary of these eccentric visitors, he begins to fall in love with one--a strikingly beautiful woman. He discovers these visitors are here at the invitation of Morel, a mad scientific genius, for the unveiling of his latest mysterious invention. When his heart pulls him helplessly toward this beautiful woman he must ask himself how much he is willing to sacrifice to be with her. About the Opera This world premiere opera is based on "La invención de Morel," a 1940 novel by the influential Argentine author, Adolfo Bioy Casares. The story for this opera does not live within the classic constructs of time and space, but instead explores powerful driving forces of human emotion: love, desire, and sacrifice. Composer Copeland jokes: "I've got a pretty clear idea of how music can drive emotion, which is why I'm so keen on opera — it's the most fun a composer can have with his clothes on." Costume Design by Jenny Mannis Stewart Copeland Composer, Stewart Copeland, was the co-founder and drummer of the rock band The Police. His career includes the sale of more than 60 million records worldwide and numerous awards, including five Grammy awards. He has had commissions from and worked with many major cultural institutions including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera, the San Francisco Ballet Company, the Savannah Music Festival, the Brighton Festival and the Royal Opera House (London), among many others. He is the recipient of the Hollywood Film Festival's first Outstanding Music in Film Visionary Award, a Grammy nominee for his 2005 CD Orchestralli, and a 2003 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stewart Copeland has been responsible for some of the film world's most innovative and groundbreaking scores. Orchestra Created in 1998 by conductor, composer and trumpet virtuoso Stephen Burns, the mission of Fulcrum Point New Music Project is to be a Chicago leader of diverse new music by presenting multi-media performances, collaborating with innovative tech to support educational programs within Chicago Public Schools, as well as commissioning and recording fresh new works. Its programs are inspired and influenced by popular culture, including literature, film, dance, folk, rock, jazz, blues, Latin and world music. Through multi-disciplinary concert performances and educational programs, Fulcrum Point seeks to encourage audiences to make cross-cultural connections between new music, art, technology and literature, gaining greater insight into today’s diverse world. For more information on Fulcrum Point and its programs visit The Studebaker Theater Chicago Opera Theater is thrilled to be part of the reopening of this historic Chicago landmark. Originally built in 1898 for vaudvillian performances it expanded in the 1920s to larger productions. In the 1970s the theater was converted into a movie theater and in 2000 was closed. With a rich history and new owners this theater has been completely renovated from seats to stage and we are thrilled to become part of their story. Artists Jonathan Moore Librettist/Director Jonathan Moore.jpg Jonathan Moore is a London based, award winning actor, writer and director. As an actor he has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Co, Royal Court, Donmar, the Royal Exchange, Shakespeare’s Globe and on BBC TV and Radio. He has directed theatre and opera world premieres at the Almeida, Donmar, West End, Royal Exchange, Gate, English National Opera, Covent Garden, La Fenice in Venice and on TV among many others. He has directed world premieres by composers such as Turnage, MacMillan, Henze, Schnittke, Nyman, Stewart Copeland etc. His early work was sponsored by Joe Strummer of The Clash. He has collaborated with Ludovico Einaudi, members of punk band Killing Joke, on several projects with Industrial group Test Dept.,Reggae star Eddy Grant, Jazz pianist Uri Caine and the classical violinist Daniel Hope. A published playwright and librettist, his work has been performed at leading theatres including the Donmar, Royal Exchange, Gate, BBC TV, radio and internationally. Jonathan was asked by Mark Rylance to direct the large scale immersive project for over fifty performers: What You Will, a coproduction for Shakespeare’s Globe, The Cultural Olympiad and Mayor’s Office. This was followed by several subsequent Shakespeare projects. He is due to direct a large scale site specific immersive project for Ludovico Einaudi in Italy and a new opera project with Stewart Copeland. He is on the Artistic Advisory Committee of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He has had a Who’s Who entry since 2007 and was on the front cover of Time Out Magazine. He has spoken on the Arts at Oxford University, the London School of Economics and on several BBCTV and Radio arts discussion programmes. Andreas Mitisek Conductor img-29109fbeddc749bf6ac97306584ce8ad.jpg Mr. Mitisek has been the General Director of Chicago Opera Theater since June of 2012. He has also been Artistic and General Director of Long Beach Opera (LBO) since 2003. A native of Austria, he served as Artistic and music Director of the Wiener Operntheater from 1990 – 1997, the foremost contemporary opera company in Austria. Mr. Mitisek has conducted at the Wiener Volksoper, the Komische Oper in Berlin, the festival “Wien Modern”, the Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and others. He is also sought after as a guest conductor in North America, leading productions for the Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Vancouver Ope4ra, Austin Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, amongst other. His work as director and designer for site-specific productions in parking garages, swimming pools, night clubs, and warehouses has become a successful hall mark of his work with LBO, and his first such production with COT, Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice, was critically and publicly acclaimed. He is dedicated to attracting new audiences to COT by exploring unorthodox venues and presenting new and rare works (a key attribute of his leadership at LBO). Mitisek has been named by Opera News as one of the 25 people that will be a major force in the field of opera in the coming decade. Mitisek was featured as a LA Tastemaker by LA Times Magazine in 2009, Arts Leader of the Year by the Long Beach Arts Council in 2009, and was highlighted as one of the “2012 People” by LA Weekly. Recent COT credits include: conductor, Thérèse Raquin; conductor, stage director and production designer, Maria de Buenos Aires; director and production designer, Orpheus and Euridice, La Voix Humaine & Gianni Schicchi; conductor, The Fall of the House of Usher. Andrew Wilkowske Fugitive Wilkowske headshot color.jpg Andrew Wilkowske- when singing a “virile, sturdy Marcello” or a “garrulous yet endearing” Papageno- displays an engaging combination of musical talent and masterful stage presence. Notable engagements have included Ponchel in Silent Night with Minnesota Opera, Atlanta Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Philadelphia, and Cincinnati Opera; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Minnesota Ope