Act I: The Nightingale

We just finished the first of three nights performing Stravinsky's The Nightingale and Oedipus Rex (see my previous blog entry for details).

If Americans singing a Greek tragedy in Latin weren't odd enough, how about a Russian debut of a story about a Chinese court, with Japanese courtiers, sung in French? That's the first half of our performance, only done in San Francisco. And perhaps inspired by the Cirque du Soleil performance of Corteo which is playing in San Francisco through January 8th, we had 3 contortionists joining the performance, playing the part of the mechanical bird delivered by the Japanese emissaries to the court (and part of the reason why our hero, The Nightingale, departs the court).

For more of the story, you should read the program notes as printed by the San Francisco Symphony for the program. It's great being back with the Symphony Chorus!

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