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April 22, 2014 Arts and Entertainment

SoBe Arts Presents the World Premiere of 'Fairy Tales'

From: SoBe Institute of the Arts

Miami Beach, FL - The Little Stage Theater at SoBe Institute of the Arts becomes the portal to FAIRY TALES, Songs of the Dandelion Woman, a 90-minute music-theater trip "down the rabbit hole." With a score and libretto created by Carson Kievman, this contemporary operatic song cycle hurtles through a kaleidoscopically shifting mental landscape, past the borderline between hilarity and madness, into a surrealistic dislocation. This parallel world, very much like our own as seen through a magnifying glass, is created as the Bank Examiner (Ken Mattice, baritone) and The Dandelion Woman (Megan Brus, soprano) become aware of each other: an authority figure who is charged with determining her competence, and a misfit who moves with angular grace through her own private world, and is charismatic enough to dismantle the system simply by living as she pleases.

Is this an Orphean rescue with a mythic subtext or a modern urban fairy tale? The hauntingly provocative music reveals "truth beyond fantasy and truth beyond nerve," and leaves the audience to discern whether or not the characters are "trapped in their endless universe, between cause and effect", or if they live happily ever after..."for, as they say, every fiction must end."

About Megan Brus, soprano (The Dandelion Woman)

Megan Brus' rising career has included many operatic roles and concerts, both in the United States and abroad. She returns to SoBe Arts as The Dandelion Woman after critical acclaim for creating the role of Ophelia in 2012 for the World Premiere performance of Carson Kievman's opera Hamlet. Her interpretation of this work caused Lawrence Budman of the South Florida Classical Review to write, "Meagan Brus nearly stole the show as Ophelia with her flawless coloratura and compelling portrait of emotional disintegration." http://sobearts.org/MEAGANBRUS.html

About Kenneth Mattice, baritone (Bank Examiner)

Award-winning lyric baritone Kenneth Mattice is also known to SoBe Arts audiences from his arresting performance in the 2012 World Premiere of Carson Kievman's opera Hamlet. The Miami Herald praised Kenneth Mattice as "a charismatic Hamlet; his fine lyric baritone spinning the often unaccompanied solos effortlessly." These accolades have been echoed by Opera News("handsome baritone [voice] displaying a glistening edge") and by Vienna's Der Neue Merker ("exquisite"). Besides performing throughout the United States, this Wisconsin native has also recently made several important international debuts in Belgium, Italy, Germany and China. http://sobearts.org/KENNETHMATTICE.html
 
About Carson Kievman (Composer/Librettist)

For nearly 40 years, Carson Kievman has been creating music and theater works in performing arts centers and festivals around the world. Kievman has written seven full-length operas, five symphonies, numerous other music-theater pieces, orchestral works and a variety of chamber ensembles and multimedia compositions. His works have been performed in over 36 countries around the world. "As a builder of music-theater constructions, Kievman is a wizard!" - The Village Voice http://sobearts.org/CARSONKIEVMAN.html
 
About Jeffrey Marc Buchman (Stage Director)

Mr. Buchman began his work in opera as an acclaimed singer noted for his ability to merge acting and singing. He has directed numerous enormously success performances both in the U.S. and abroad, and recently here in Miami for the Florida Grand Opera. The South Florida Classical Review has stated "Director Jeffrey Marc Buchman has mastered an art beyond the powers of many directors" and Opera News has called him "a formidable talent." http://sobearts.org/JEFFREYBUCHMAN.html
 
About Mary Adelyn Kauffman (Music Director)

Dr. Mary Adelyn Kauffman, pianist, vocal coach and conductor, was a former member of the Young Artist Program at the Greater Miami Opera before moving to Europe in 1993, after having completed her D.M.A at the University of Miami. Dr. Kauffman enjoyed a career as a free-lance pianist, coach and choral and orchestral conductor in Germany, Italy and Spain before accepting positions within the German state-supported opera system, first in Hildesheim and later in Chemnitz. Currently Dr. Kauffman is a member of the faculty at FIU. http://www.sobearts.org/MARYKAUFFMAN.html

Sean McClelland (Set),Carbonell award winner, has received critical acclaim for his work on many productions including, August: Osage County and Les Misérables at the Actors Playhouse, The Seafarer at the Mosaic Theatre, and has also designed for the Santa Fe Opera, GableStage and the SoBe Arts original production of Tales of Power. http://www.sobearts.org/DESIGNTEAM.html

Patrick Tennent (Lighting) served as Resident Lighting Designer for Actors' Playhouse from 2003-2013 before relocating to New York in the summer of 2013. He has received multiple Carbonell Award nominations for his work, and was honored to receive the award in 2011 for his design of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. http://www.sobearts.org/DESIGNTEAM.html

Camilla Haith (Costumes) is the Costume Director for Florida Grand Opera. She has been with the company for seven seasons, and was the costume designer for this season's critically acclaimed production of Mourning Becomes Electra. Previous opera designs include Maria de Buenos Aires, The Magic Flute (FGO 2012-13), La Rondine, Rigoletto (FGO 2011-12). http://www.sobearts.org/DESIGNTEAM.html  
 
Alain Lores (Projections)
is the director, motion graphics artist, and creative ninja behind LoresFX, an animation boutique studio based in Miami, FL. He was the Associate Producer and Motion graphics artist for the award winning movie Far out isn't far enough. The movie was nominated for a 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design & Animation by Cinema Eye Honor and is also one of only five films that is a Documentary Motion Picture Nominee at the 2014 Producers Guild Awards. http://www.sobearts.org/DESIGNTEAM.html

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014 through Sunday, May 18, 2014

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Preview
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$20/$10

Friday, May 9, 2014

World Premiere
Includes a post-performance VIP champagne celebration sponsored by Laurent-Perrier (Sarah Halstead) and Sylvano Restaurant (Sylvano Carrara)
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$50 / $30

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Performance
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $15

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Performance
7:30 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $15

Friday, May 16, 2014

Performance
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $15

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Performance
8:00 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $15

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Performance
7:30 p.m. – Little Stage Theater
$25 / $15

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