Contemporaneous performs on the 2018 PROTOTYPE Festival, the premier opera-theater festival, with a concert presentation of the first act of composer Dylan Mattingly and librettist Thomas Bartscherer's Stranger Love.
Stranger Love follows two lovers whose romance unfolds to the rhythm of the seasons: in springtime, they meet; in summer, their love flourishes; autumn and winter, they face threats from without and within; a second spring brings resignation and the chance for renewal. Over time the frame broadens beyond the individuals to offer an archetypal picture of human love, and ultimately, an astral envisioning of the divine, a love supreme. Created by composer Dylan Mattingly and librettist Thomas Bartscherer, Stranger Love is inspired by the writings of Plato and Octavio Paz and is scored for a cast of 8 along with a 28-piece orchestra (including three microtonal pianos). With a run time of over five hours, the full production of Stranger Love unfolds across an expansive time-scale and is a grand celebration of life itself, evoking the visceral thrill of a gospel revival, the ethereal calm of watching snow fall, the wonder of staring into the night sky.
This performance made possible through the generous support of Beth Dawson.
Show run time: 3 hours, 45 minutes