SEPTEMBER 28 - October 1, 2017


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


“BEST NEW WORKS 2017” South Florida Classical Review

Watch TESLA online / Vimeo on Demand - but first click on the image below and watch a free 2'48" preview


NPR (WLRN) Radio, Composer Says Tesla's Life Makes For Electrifying Opera - LISTEN September 2017

"Carson Kievman has created a series of music theater works that push the boundaries between opera, dance, drama and spectacle... (T)he music and drama [of TESLA] flow organically and effectively... In an era when recurrent storms and climate change are very much in the news, Tesla's story takes on new relevance... 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.. Edison's announcement that he is dying and the final arias of the destitute Tesla and Marie Astor Hampton, a socialite and friend, poignantly evoke tragedy South Florida Classical Review

"(T)he 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'" (A)n impressive piece, written with commitment and performed and produced with excellence from top to bottom. And it also has a quality that gives the most engaging art its urgency: Relevance" Palm Beach Arts Paper

"Literal "hombre del Renacimiento", inabarcable, críptico, misterioso, genio total, la famosa respuesta atribuída a Einstein sobre cómo se siente ser el hombre mas inteligente del planeta - "No lo sabría, pregúntenle a Tesla" - lo define todo.  Kievman desgrana la historia del genio como una suerte de Monte Rushmore de la ciencia americana. La típica partitura Kievman, con sus patrones repetitivos y líneas que se superponen, entretejen y entrecruzan, es la "corriente" que hace fluir el drama en las trece escenas que lo integran. El estreno de Telsa - en todo sentido "contra viento y marea" ya que el huracán Irma hizo de las suyas y casi lo impide - señala un hito en la trayectoria del compositor, y una nueva ópera en el panorama que merece considerarse mas allá de revisión y síntesis que se antojan imperativas."  Miami Clásica

["Literal "man of the Renaissance", incomprehensible, cryptic, mysterious, total genius, the famous response attributed to Einstein on how it feels to be the most intelligent man on the planet - "I would not know, ask Tesla" - defines everything. Kievman takes the story of genius as a sort of Mount Rushmore of American Science. The typical Kievman score, with its repetitive patterns and lines that overlap, interweave and intertwine, is the "current" that makes the drama flow in the thirteen scenes that make it up.  The premiere of TESLA - in every sense "against all odds" as Hurricane Irma made its own and almost prevented it - marks a milestone in the composer's career, and a new opera in the panorama that deserved to be considered beyond review and synthesis that seem imperative."] 

In the News:

Opera Betty on WOMR Cape Cod, TESLA, New Radio Show February 2018

South Florida Classical Review BEST NEW WORKS 2017 December 19, 2017

WLRN NPR Radio, Composer Says Tesla's Life Makes For Electrifying Opera - LISTEN September 2017

Palm Beach Arts paper TESLA makes strong impression in premiere October 14, 2017

Miami Clásica TESLA, CONTRA VIENTO Y MAREA October 2017

South Florida Classical Review TESLA gets a high-voltage premiere (review) Sept. 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 GuideTHE 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, An overlooked inventor gets a musical tribute in Miami Beach September 2017

Agencia EFEMiami 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 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 Deigner/Artwork : Nuria Carrasco Dominguez Tuxidos by Tommy Tuxidos

About the opera:

Nikola Tesla was an immigrant, from Serbo/Croatia, whose transformative ideas challenged 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 Jessica 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 / 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.]


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


World Premiere

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.

Premiere Location

1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

HD Broadcast

Original Stream Fri. September 29 - 8:00 p.m. Register now for additional post-production HD streaming days and times. 
(Now available around the world includingMiami-Dade and Broward Counties)


A huge thank you to our sponsors:

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MosHie Mana, Horowitz Family Foundation, Firestone Family Foundation, Melvin & Ryna Cohen Foundation, Robert Fitzpatrick

Catarina Schade

John Debney


Christopher Kievman

Benjamin Barnes

Robert Chumbley

Carlos Castañada Jr.

Robin Rosenblum

David Arden

Shirley Irek

Troy Webdell


Jane Reid

Stanley Fried

Charles Million

Jack & Marsha Firestone

John and Juliana Yaffé 

Richard Wills

Mark Samuelian

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

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

Richard Green

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

Donna Mann

Morgan Gelfand



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.