On May 19, 2015 at the first annual ArtsImpulse Theatre Awards in Boston, Guerilla Opera won the award for Best Opera of 2014 with their production of Gallo, a fable in music in one act, a world premiere chamber opera with music and libretto by Rome-Prose winning composer Ken Ueno, and direction by Metropolitan Opera stage director Sarah Meyers. This chamber opera production investigated how the landscape and man shape and transform each other. It also addressed the fundamental question of ontology, “the chicken or the egg.”
Gallo was an installation, immersive and interactive experience performed in the round. The audience was asked to remove their shoes before they entered The Zack Box, which was transformed into a boardwalk bordering a beach made out of actual Cheerios – Honey Nut to be exact. It also featured a soprano in a Houdini box filled with Cheerios and a countertenor in several layers of chicken suits.
Many thanks to ArtImpulse for this recognition; the Gallo production team and cast & ensemble including: Sarah Meyers, stage director; Julia Noulin-Mérat, scenic design; Tláloc López-Watermann, lighting & multi-media design; Liz Sherrier, assistant set designer; Keithlyn Parkman, master electrician/assistant lighting designer; Annie Simon, costume designer; Anita Shriver, props master; Mark DiGiovanni, technical director; Tae Kim, rehearsal pianist; soprano Aliana de la Guardia; countertenor Douglas Dodson; Amy Advocat on the Bohlen Pierce, bass, and contrabass clarinets; Nicole Cariglia on cello; Kent O’Doherty on saxophone; and Mike Williams on percussion.
Thanks also to The Boston Conservatory Ensemble-in-Residence program for the continued support, which makes our productions possible and to President Richard Ortner, Abra Bush, Andy Vores, Peyton Pugmire, Carmen Griggs, Andrea Di Cocco, Danielle Kahn, Eva Rosenberg, and Richard Malcolm and The Boston Conservatory Audio‐Visual Department; the generosity of The Aaron Copland, Amphion, and Puffin Foundations; Season Sponsors Timothy and Jane Gillette; Production Sponsor Elizabeth Boveroux, Cheerios Sponsor Peter Wender; Noulin‐Mérat Design Studio; Light Conversations LLC; Anna Labykina, and the Zagorsky Family.
More info at http://www.artsimpulse.com/2014/award-winners.