American Opera Projects’ opera-in-progress, Judgment of Midas, has just added Berkeley Opera as another development partner! In addition to this new promising partnership, AOP has also been invited to Ankara, Turkey for the orchestra concert of Judgment of Midas! The invitation was extended to AOP by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, who will be performing the opera’s orchestration in January of 2011. Judgment of Midas is the result of a successful collaboration between composer Kamran Ince and librettist Miriam Seidel. The opera depicts the musical competition of rivals Apollo (the maker of the god’s music) and Pan (maker of “street” music) on Mount Tmolus in Sardis, Turkey. The opera’s dramatic appeal and Mediterranean setting made it the perfect work to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Sardis/Lydia excavations, scheduled for production in 2010. If that isn’t enough excitement for one show, Judgment of Midas has also attracted the interest of NAXOS, who would like to commission a recording of the work within the next few seasons! J. David Jackson (conductor of Simon Boccanegra at the Met this year) and Jonathan Khuner (fresh from a run as prompter for “Lulu” at the Met) will make a great addition to the Midas team as music directors.
Judgment of Midas made its NYC debut at OPERA America’s Trustee Board dinner on February 20. To read more about this star-studded event, read our past news page here.