A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A little excerpt beautifully sung by Center City Opera artist in residence Paul Corujo and pianist David Hsu from the first music workshop of our new opera, SLAYING THE DRAGON. From near the end of the show, when Rabbi Nathan Goodman tries to convince a skeptical crowd that Jerry, the Klan man, has truly renounced his path and deserves a fair hearing from the crowd. The setting is a Martin Luther King Day celebration at his synagogue. The musical references to the Berg Violin Concerto are intentional.

Ellen Frankel's paraphrase of the MLK words are: 
Darkness cannot banish darkness,
Hatred cannot banish hate,
Vengeance cannot cancel vengeance,
Only love avails.

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