Luxbooks, Weisbaden, Germany has released Anna Rabinowitz’s Darkling: A Poem in a German language edition that includes a CD of the AOP opera based on the work.
From a book-length poem to a multi-media experimental opera to a CD released by Albany Records, Darkling gives a haunting portrayal of the emotions, terrors, and incalculable losses incurred during the period between the two World Wars and the Holocaust.
Commissioned by American Opera Projects, the stage adaptation of Darkling was set to original music by post-classical composer Stefan Weisman and told through a fusion of avant-garde theater, opera, cutting-edge technology and poignant language. In 2006, American Opera Projects presented the world premiere of Darkling, directed by Michael Comlish, which ran Off-Broadway for three weeks to wide critical acclaim.
Subsequently, Darkling toured in a concert version to Berlin and Poland and to the Center City Opera Theatre as part of the Philly Fringe Festival in 2008. Excerpts have been performed in many venues, including New York City Opera’s VOXseries at NYU’s Skirball Center and the Works and Process Series at the Guggenheim Museum. In 2011, Albany Records released a 2-CD studio recording of the opera.
Anna Rabinowitz’s Darkling: A Poem was first published in English by Tupelo Press in 2001.
For more information about Darkling, visit the opera’s website.