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Music of Remembrance ‘Out of Darkness’ Opera Focuses on Krystyna Zywulska & LGBT Victims

By James Knight J.knight@classicalite.com on Mar 15, 2016 04:32 PM EDT

Seattle’s Holocaust remembrance and educational organization, Music of Remembrance (MOR) is getting ready to premiere their all new opera, Out of Darkness this May. The new production by Composer Jake Heggie & Librettist Gene Scheer, will be performed in both Seattle and San Francisco. The opera's first act will focus on Aushcwitz prisoner Krystyna Zywulska, with the second act focusing on LGBT Holocaust victims.

Out of Darkness will be performed in two acts. The first act is titled Krystyna, and is based on the true story Auschwitz prisoner turned inspirational poet Krystyna Zywulska.

The second act is titled Gad and deals with the cruel treatment of homosexuals during the Holocaust.

Composer Jake Heggie discussed his motivations for writing about these atrocities in a press release which reads:

“I’m particularly inspired by stories of social justice and the inequities of life, and how we are all connected as human beings despite those inequities.”

Members of MOR’s Out of Darkness include:

Caitlin Lynch, soprano,
Ava Pine, soprano;
Catherine Cook, mezzo soprano;
Michael Mayes, baritone;
Robert Orth, baritone.

Zart Dombourian-Eby, flute;
Laura DeLuca, clarinet;
Mikhail Shmidt, violin;
Walter Gray, cello;
Jonathan Green,
double bass;
Jessica Choe, piano.

The creative team for the production include:

Jake Heggie, Composer
Gene Scheer, Librettist
Mina Miller, Artistic Director
Erich Parce, Stage Director
Matthew Antaky, Lighting & Scenic Designer
David Murakami, Media Designer
Laura Anderson, Production & Stage Manager

The world premiere of Out of Darkness on May 22, 2016,4:00 p.m.at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Seattle Concert Ticket Information

Tickets for this performance are priced at $45 and can be ordered by calling 1-206 365-7770 or by visiting www.musicofremembrance.org/~musicofr/concert/spring-concert-out-darkness-premiere-seattle.

The world premiere will be followed by further performances on May 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m.at the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Tickets for these performances cost between $60 - $75 and be purchased by calling 1-206 365-7770 or by visiting www.musicofremembrance.org/~musicofr/concert/out-darkness-premiere-san-francisco.

For addition information please vist www.musicofremembrance.org

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