The Dwarf at The Blue Building

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The Dwarf

a comic opera

by Yoav Gal

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013, 8:00 PM / Saturday, Nov 23, 2013, 8:00 PM
Thursday, Dec 5, 2013, 8:00 PM / Saturday, Dec 7, 2013, 8:00 PM
The Blue Building
222 East 46th Street
New York City

Doug Fitch, Director and Host for the Evening
Peter Szep, Conductor

Kevin Courtemanche as The Dwarf
Judith Barnes as Lady Katherina Kaiser
Scott Lindroth as Chanticleer
Glenn Seven Allen as Mr. T
Tyler Putnam as Mr. B
Ellie Forman as Salietta

The VPR Chamber Ensemble
Matthew Lobaugh and Saffron Chung, Pianos
Jonas Tauber, Double Bass
Joseph Fee, Percussion

The VPR Chorus
Emma Alexander, Laura de Araujo, Chitra Raghavan, Blake Burroughs, Rachel Coates, Sarah Downs, Deborah Houston, Susan Kommel, Tony Mowatt, Robert Lewis, Ulises Solano, Greg Spock, Olivia Stockard, Ray Weisbond

VPR premiered Gal’s quirky first opera, The Dwarf, in 2003.  The New York Times article featuring that world premiere, “Never Say Die in Indie Opera” by Anne Midgette, coined the term “indie opera.”  The Dwarf tells of the Lady Katherina Kaiser and the attention she arouses by wearing an oddly capacious dress. What…or whom…is she concealing under there?
“…the music…illustrates the humorous fairy tale quality of the story by giving its harmonies a sardonic twist…” —Anne Midgette, The New York Times
“…a twisted world whose inhabitants are prisoners of their own conceptions…” -Brooklyn Heights Press
Rehearsal photographs above by Andrei Severny
For photos of the 2003 premiere production click HERE