SEPTEMBER 28 - October 1, 2017
Multidisciplinary opera / music-theater about the extraordinary life of visionary Nikola Tesla
NPR (WLRN) Radio, Composer Says Tesla's Life Makes For Electrifying Opera - LISTEN September 2017
"the music and drama flow organically and effectively" "The scene at Tesla’s Colorado Lab where an explosion takes place while Tesla and Marie are having sex produced heat in more ways than one" South Florida Classical Review
"the score features a restless, intense, sometimes minimalist musical language that drives relentlessly forward without much respite, mirroring the devotion and passion that Tesla himself exhibited throughout his life." Palm Beach Arts Paper
"Obviously, who claimed that time would tell the truth and evaluate his contemporaries because the future, for which he really worked, belonged to him is tempting (but thorny) protagonist for a contemporary opera. And Kievman takes the story of genius as a sort of Monte Rushmore of American science facing on the scene as the center of his most ambitious opera to date." Miami Clásica
In the News:
WLRN NPR Radio, Composer Says Tesla's Life Makes For Electrifying Opera - LISTEN September 2017
The CW, Inside South Florida: TESLA Comes to Town (Video)October 2017
South Florida Classical Review, TESLA listed as number 1 critics' choice of the season! August 2017
Miami New Times, Three Decades in the Making, Tesla Finally Debuts at Colony Theatre September 2017
New York Style Guide, THE WORLD PREMIERE OF TESLA September 2017
StageBuddy, Interview: Kenneth Mattice and Anastasia Malliaras on the World Premiere of ‘TESLA’ September 2017
Palm Beach Arts Paper, New opera salutes Tesla, tragic scientific hero September 2017
SouthFlorida.com, An overlooked inventor gets a musical tribute in Miami Beach September 2017
Agencia EFE, Miami acoge el estreno mundial de la ópera sobre Tesla creada hace tres décadasSeptember 2017
Miami New Times, TESLA / Colony Theatre / Adult, Opera, Theater August 2017
Miami Art Zine, "Talking With Carson Kievman -What Does It Take To Create An Original Opera?" June 2017
OPERAWire, "'TESLA' Opera to Make World Premiere This Fall" August 20
OPERAWire, "‘TESLA’ Opera Seeking Finishing Funds" May 2017
SoBe Arts Press E-blast, "WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THE EXTRAORDINARY CAST & CREATIVE TEAM FOR TESLA!" June 2017
SoBe Arts Press Release, "SoBe Arts presents the World Premiere of TESLA" July 2017
SoBe Arts Press E-blast, "Tickets, HD Streaming & New Website" August 2017
COSTUME SAMPLES FROM 'TESLA' - Period Costumes by Peris Costumes
Costume Designer/Artwork : Nuria Carrasco Dominguez
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 / Assistant Music Director & Vocal Coach, Jared Peroune
Yvette Loynaz, Soprano 1 / Courtney Miller, Soprano 2/A1 / Linsey Coppins, Alto / Mauricio Villanueva, Tenor / William Lee Bryan, Baritone / Ardean Landhuis, Bass
[All playing various roles: Tommie's father, cops, waiters, workers, diners, etc.]
SOBE ARTS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Conductor, Mary Adelyn Kauffman / Flute, Phil Bracken-Tripp / Oboes/English Horn, Jim Drayton & Joey Wenda / Bb Clar./Bass Clarinet, Carlos Ortega & Christine Pascual-Fernande / Bassoon, Jordan Bidwell / French Horn, Matthew Marshall / Trumpet, Matthew Shefcik / Trombone, John Kricker / Tuba, Calvin Jenkins / Percussion, Lucas Sanchez & Terrell Moss / Piano, Chris Toth / Violins 1, Sasha Zuk & Charles Hardt & Ludek Wojtkowski/ Violins 2, Karen Lord, Abby Young, Chelsea Sharpe / Violas, Caroline Buse & Priscille Michel / Cellos, Blake-Anthony Johnson & Brent Charran / Bass, Michael Fuller
Thurs. September 28 - 8:00 p.m.
Other Recent Performances
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
Original Stream Fri. September 29 - 8:00 p.m. Register now for additional post-production HD streaming days and times.
VISIT TILTED GLOBE
(Now available around the world includingMiami-Dade and Broward Counties)
A huge thank you to our sponsors:
MosHie Mana, Horowitz Family Foundation, Firestone Family Foundation, Melvin & Ryna Cohen Foundation, Robert Fitzpatrick
Carlos Castañada Jr.
Jack & Marsha Firestone
John and Juliana Yaffé
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.