The Great God Pan Chicago Fringe Opera

WORLD PREMIERE - The Great God Pan takes its tory from an eponymous 1890 novella by Welsh author Arthur Machen, which explores themes of scientific hubris, transcendental medicine, and unexplainable supernatural behavior.

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3/10/18 - 3/18/18

730pm; 3pm (Sun)


WORLD PREMIERE - The Great God Pan
An Opera in Two Acts by Ross Crean


Music and Libretto by Ross Crean
Based on Arthur Machen's Victorian horror novella

The Great God Pan takes its story from an eponymous 1890 novella by Welsh author Arthur Machen, which explores themes of scientific hubris, transcendental medicine, and unexplainable supernatural behavior.

Composer Ross Crean adapted Machen's narrative into the work's libretto himself, an ambitious and rare undertaking for a composer.

The story begins with a surgery gone wrong. Dr. Raymond invites Mr. Clarke to witness an important experiment based on elements of nontraditional, ancient rituals. Raymond sacrifices his ward, Mary, as the subject of his attempt to access a higher spiritual plane - referred to as, "seeing the Great God Pan" - and unwittingly initiates a series of mysterious supernatural occurrences that Clarke encounters over the next few decades.

"Crean's ingenuity in composing the accompanying piano parts with the sounds of strumming and plucking combine to make the music that much more vibrant". - Courtesy Naxos of America

 

Author
Arthur Machen

Director
Music/Libretto - Ross Crean

Performers
Aaron Wardell, Tobias Wright, Christina Pecce, Vince Wallace, Bridget Skaggs, Maureen Smith, Jessica Hiltabidle, Marysa Abbas, Mark Haddad, Thomas Bailey

Production
Catherine O’Shaugnessy (Conductor); George Cederquist (Stage Director); Isabelle Rund (Stage Manager); Ted Nazarowski (Technical Director); Casey Baker (Rehearsal & Performance Pianist); Tyler Kivel (Performance Artist); Patrick Rizzotti (Scenic Designer); Caitlin McLeod (Costume Designer); Erik Barry (Lighting Designer).

Tags: Theater, New Europe, 2018