Jazz Central hosts the New York premiere of a chamber opera

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Now celebrating its 18th season, Chelsea Opera will return to the Jazz Central theater with a limited engagement of an exciting contemporary work for voice and chamber ensemble, The Parting. This chamber opera is about personal encounters with the evils of the Holocaust and testifies to the vital value of poetry and historical reflection. There will be two performances, Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. at the intimate Jazz Central Theater at 441 E. Washington St. in downtown Syracuse. General admission tickets are $35 at http://www.chelseaopera.org/season.html .

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance, with music by Tom Cipullo and libretto by David Mason, The Parting receives its New York premiere with this production. The writings of Hungarian Jewish poet Miklós Radnóti’s experiences, uncovered after his murder at the hands of the Nazis during World War II, form the basis of the intertwined story of his life with his wife, Fanni Gyarmati, on their last night together in 1944. Baritone Peter Kendall Clark sings the role of Radnóti, with soprano Laura Dixon Stickling as Fanni and mezzo-soprano Sarah Heltzel as Death. This is the fourth collaboration between Cipullo and Chelsea Opera, a creative partnership that began with the 2010 production of the composer’s acclaimed opera Glory Denied, which received rave reviews from The New York Times.

The work is being led by Chelsea Opera Music Director Benjamin Grow, and Garrett Heater will return to direct the production.

This remarkable work brings us back the voices of the Holocaust almost 77 years after the end of the Second World War. Poetry, music and spiritual resilience continue to illuminate our common humanity in the face of unspeakable evil, presented at a time when it has raised its head again in Europe. The work is in line with Chelsea Opera’s commitment to the visions of artists and composers and brings audiences a new musical voice with this new and original piece.

If you are going to

What: The separation

Or: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St., Syracuse

When: Saturday May 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday May 22 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $35 in advance at http://www.chelseaopera.org/season.html

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