SEPTEMBER 28 - October 3, 2017
Multidisciplinary opera / music-theater about the extraordinary life of visionary Nikola Tesla
In the News:
Miami Art Zine, "Talking With Carson Kievman -What Does It Take To Create An Original Opera?" June 2017
OPERAWire, "‘TESLA’ Opera Seeking Finishing Funds" May 2017
SoBe Arts Press Release, "WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE EXTRAORDINARY CAST & CREATIVE TEAM FOR TESLA!" June 2015
SoBe Arts Press Release, "SoBe Arts presents the World Premiere of TESLA" July 2015
About the opera:
Nikola Tesla was an immigrant, from Serbo/Croatia, whose transformative ideas challanged staid society, inherited wealth, and power structure of the Gilded Age. It brings to life the revolutionary race with Thomas Edison to fuel a new era of electricity, and the portentous aftermath: from the peak of worldly renown, Nikola Tesla pursues relentless dreams of tapping natural forces that could further liberate mankind, but instead lead to his early demise. A true visionary, Tesla gave away a vast number of his patents that were fossil fuel-consuming, and pursued the Tesla Coil to connect humanity to the very wheelwork of nature and allow the extraction of free and non-polluting energy for all. A friend of Mark Twain (our narrator), and a peer of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and J.P. Morgan (characters in the opera) he nonetheless died a pauper, crushed by the greed and hunger for power of his contemporaries.
Tesla's radical visions of scientific potential, and capitalist reform, which led to his rise as well as his downfall, resonate even more powerfully in the 21st century.
Nikola Tesla’s story will be told with music, digital animations, electrifying scenic design, Golden Age costuming and poetic storytelling.
Media contact Gabriella at JWIPR 1-305-456-0483
Timothy Stoddard, tenor as George Westinghouse / Trevor Martin, baritone as Mark Twain / Kenneth Mattice, baritone as Nikola Tesla / Chris Vettel, baritone as Thomas Alva Edison / Anastasia Malliaras, soprano as Marie Astor Hampton / Emily Solo, soprano as Tommie (aka Huckleberry) / Courtney Miller, mezzo soprano as Mrs. Mina Miller Edison / Ben Werley, tenor as Charles Proteus Steinmetz / Kyle Albertson, bass-baritone as JP Morgan
Stage Director, Jeffrey Marc Buchman / Music Director, Mary Adelyn Kauffman / Projection Design, Paul DiPierro / Choreographer, Rosa Mercedes / Scenic Designer, Stephan Moravski / Costume Design, Nuria Carrasco Domingez / Lighting Design, Jeffrey Bruckerhoff / Stage Manager, Bryce Bullock / Makeup & Wigs, Emily Malin / Recording & HD Streaming, Christopher Kievman & Bruce Yarock
Yvette Loynaz, Soprano 1 / Courtney Miller, Soprano 2/A1 / Heather McLeod, Alto / Mauricio Villanueva, Tenor / Angel Refusé, Baritone / Ardean Landhuis, Bass
[All playing various roles: Tommie's father, cops, waiters, workers, diners, etc.]
SOBE ARTS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Flute, Phil Bracken-Tripp / Oboes/English Horn, Jim Drayton & Joey Wenda / Bb Clar./Bass Clarinet, Carlos Ortega & Christine Pascual-Fernandez / Basson, TBD / French Horn, Matthew Marshall / Trumpet, Brian Neal / Trombone, John Kricker / Tuba, Calvin Jenkins / Percussion, Lucas Sanchez & Terrell Moss / Piano/Coach, TBD / Violins 1, Sasha Zuk & Charles Hardt & TBD / Violins 2, Karen Lord, Abby Young, TBD / Violas, Caroline Buse & David RIker / Cellos, Ian Flatt & Brent Charran / Bass, TBD
Thurs. September 28 - 8:00 p.m.
Fri. September 29 - 8:00 p.m.
Sat. September 30 - 8:00 p.m.
Sun. October 1 - 3:00 p.m.
THE COLONY THEATRE MIAMI BEACH
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Box Office: 800-211-1414
Fri. September 29 - 8:00 p.m.
VISIT TILTED GLOBE
(Not available in Miami-Dade or Broward Counties)
A huge thank you to our sponsors:
Horowitz Family Foundation, Firestone Family Foundation, Melvin & Ryna Cohen Foundation, Robert Fitzpatrick
Carlos Castañada Jr.
John and Juliana Yaffe
Cherie Banks Meyers
L Crosby Garcia
Diana Marie Bianchi
Kevin C Moore
C B Blades
Ana M Vidal
Deborah P Briggs
Maria Angelica Gonzalez
SoBe Arts production of TESLA is sponsored in part by The City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Horowitz Family Foundation, The Melvin & Ryna Cohen Foundation, The Firestone Family Foundation, Robert Fitzpatrick, and in partnership with The Colony Theater Miami Beach and The Betsy - South Beach, plus individual donor/friends directly and by way of Kickstarter and Indiegogo.