Ouroboros

…full of surprises, richly lyrical one moment and a swirl of gnarly percussive grooves the next. Childlike rhymes sound with the ring of innocence through their tonal, hymn-like simplicity, while the pitch bends that follow are otherworldly. Throughout, each cozy, familiar sound is situated within an eerie frame.”
AARON KEEBAUGH, BOSTON CLASSICAL REVIEW

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Premiere: September 25, 2014 (3 performances)
Location: The Zack Box at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Composed by Rudolf Rojahn
Libretto by Rudolf Rojahn
Directed by Copeland Woodruff and Giselle Ty

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:
“Ouroboros,” is a micro-opera with music and libretto by Rudolf Rojahn. It was commissioned as a part of Guerilla Opera’s experimental production entitled Let’s Make a Sandwich. In Let’s Make a Sandwich two operas were presented twice, with separate stagings by two directors, Copeland Woodruff and Giselle Ty. The librettos were both freely adapted from the same source material, a 1950 short informational film called “Let’s Make a Sandwich.”

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FROM THE COMPOSER:
RudyRojahn-WebsiteOuroboros imagines Sally and her Mother from “Let’s Make A Sandwich” as captives who must perform in the instructional film every day of their lives. This monotony is periodically broken when Mother is retired and replaced by her daughter, who gives birth to a new Sally, thus continuing the cycle. The Director (the narrator of the film) is an authority figure who, in addition to filming the women everyday, also oversees their lives.

ENSEMBLE:
Brian Church, baritone
Aliana de la Guardia, soprano
Patrick Massey, tenor
Amy Advocat, clarinets
Kent O’Doherty, saxophones
Mike Williams, percussion

PRODUCTION:
Copeland Woodruff and Giselle Ty, stage directors
Julia Noulin-Merat and Andrea Nice, scenic designers
Neil Fortin, costume designer
Tlaloc Lopez-Watermann, lighting designer
Dana Ciccotello, production manager
Mark DiGiovanni, technical director
Tae Kim, rehearsal pianist