Thurs. – Sat., May 22 – 24, 2014 at 8pm
Thurs. & Fri., May 29 & 30, 2014 at 8pm
Sat., May 31, 2014 at 2pm

$15 General / $10 Senior, Alumni, WGBH / FREE to students with valid I.D.

Tickets can be reserved online at or by calling the The Boston Conservatory Box Office Manager at (617) 912-9142.

The Zack Box Theater at The Boston Conservatory
8 The Fenway, Boston, MA

Gallo is an evening-long chamber opera that investigates how the landscape and man shape and transform each other, and addresses the fundamental question of ontology, “the chicken or the egg?” (Sung in English; 70 minutes duration)

KenUeno-Headshot-WebGallo is an evening-long chamber opera that investigates how the landscape and man shape and transform each other. The main inspiration for the work is places where traces of human civilization, ancient and modern, have decayed over time and have transformed into landscapes that now appear to be more natural than manmade. These spaces are repositories of human memory on one hand, but also confound man’s sense of agency and freedom, and his sense of mastery over nature. Examples of these spaces are: Monte Testaccio, a hill in Rome, now rife with discos, which was made into a hill as an ancient site where clay vases were deposited; the Disabitato, the region in Rome, within the Aurelian wall, where the landscape reclaimed uninhabited space during the 18th century; and Detroit. Throughout the chamber opera, arias comment on these spaces, over the backdrop of a landscape, a beach, made of Cheerios. The beach of Cheerios gives birth to a human protagonist, serves as a repository of memory (as a screen for projections of family trips to the beach), and ultimately serves as a Zen garden of contemplation. Several arias intercut the various transformations of the beach. In one, a rooster, named Farinelli, sings a non-sense aria, in chicken-ese (with English supertitles), about the fundamental questions of ontology, the chicken or the egg. In another aria, a female protagonist waxes admiringly about bee eaters, beautiful birds that eat bees, but is afraid that their beauty might kill us all.

Aliana de la Guardia, soprano – Shopper/Mother
Douglas Dodson, countertenor – Galante/Farinelli, the Gallo
Amy Advocat, Bohlen Pierce clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet
Nicole Cariglia, cello
Kent O’Doherty, saxophone
Mike Williams, percussion

Ken Ueno, composer and librettist
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

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