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Certitude and Joy

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Published on Jul 15, 2012

Certitude and Joy
A chamber opera by Erling Wold
presented by Erling Wold's Fabrications
and the Paul Dresher Ensemble
Bindlestiff Studio, San Francisco
March 2012

The Proem
We read from The Doors of Perception, hear of my youth and learn of faith.

The Opera
Scene 1: In which we meet God and LaShaun.
Scene 2: LaShaun's youth, where she is confronted by death, madness, loneliness.
Scene 3: In which we meet her children, and learn of the curse of being chosen.
Scene 4: Migraine.
Scene 5: An Old Testament lesson, in which the children are taken sightseeing.
Scene 6: In which she kills her children.
Treyshawn
Taronta
Joshoa
Scene 7: The wheels of justice: the police, the diagnosis.
Scene 8: The letter to her children.
Scene 9: Reality.

Laura Bohn and Jo Vincent Parks
Bob Ernst and Talya Patrick
Kerry Mehling and Travis Santell Rowland
ZOFO duet: Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann

music and words Erling Wold
director Jim Cave
music director Bryan Nies
set design Mikiko Uesugi
choreography Kerry Mehling
costumes Laura Hazlett
lighting Clyde Sheets
publicity Mona Baroudi
design Karen Johnson
photography David Papas
stage manager Catherine Elise Reser
fabrication Russ Milligan
fundraising Kyoko Yoshida
pier photo Travis Jensen

Funded in part by
The Opera Fund of Opera America
Theater Bay Area CA$H
Subito grant from American Composers Forum

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