SEPTEMBER 28 - October 3, 2017


Multidisciplinary opera / music-theater about the extraordinary life of visionary Nikola Tesla


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


Carson Kievman, composer
Thomas Babe & Carson Kievman, co-librettists
(with Mark-David Needle)


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 DirectorJeffrey Marc BuchmanMusic DirectorMary Adelyn Kauffman / Projection DesignPaul DiPierroChoreographerRosa Mercedes / Scenic Designer, Stephan MoravskiCostume DesignNuria Carrasco Domingez / Lighting DesignJeffrey BruckerhoffStage Manager, Bryce Bullock / Makeup & WigsEmily MalinRecording & 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.]


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


World Premiere

Thurs. September 28 - 8:00 p.m. 

Other Performances

Fri. September 29 - 8:00 p.m.
Sat. September 30 - 8:00 p.m.
Sun. October 1 - 3:00 p.m.


1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Box Office: 800-211-1414

HD Broadcast

Fri. September 29 - 8:00 p.m.
(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

Robert Fitzpatrick

Catarina Schade


Christopher Kievman

Benjamin Barnes

Robert Chumbley

Carlos Castañada Jr.

Robin Rosenblum

David Darden

Shirley Irek

Troy Webdell


J Reid

Stanley Fried


John and Juliana Yaffe

Tracey Rishty

Ed Zschau

Susan Solinsky

Michele Talka

Laurie Spiegel

Cherie Banks Meyers

K Jasimos

Ivona Shedroff

L Crosby Garcia

Diana Marie Bianchi

Steve Robinson

Charles Million

Milana Strezeva

Alexandra Skoczylas

Kevin C Moore

Isabel Salazar

C B Blades


David Sieber


Hayley Kievman

Yana Eminova

David Brown

Susan Clary

Ana M Vidal

Deborah P Briggs

Aviya Kopelman

Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

Kenneth Mattice

Estela Romand

Maria Angelica Gonzalez

David Simons

Elizabeth Caton

Carol Nicholson

Thomas Loewy

Rivet Nation

Moritz Eggert

Peter Jonas

Timur Bekbosunov



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.