By Michael Muckian
April 4, 2013
The creation of art is often inspired by myths or historical events. “Judgment of Midas,” loosely based on characters from Ovid’s epic poem “Metamorphoses,” falls squarely into that genre. Composed by Kamran Ince with a libretto by Miriam Seidel, the work is scheduled for performance April 12-13 by the Milwaukee-based contemporary music ensemble Present Music.
... The presentation is a collaborative effort involving Milwaukee Opera Theatre and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. But even with the help of such notable collaborators, an opera is a big undertaking for Present Music, which is known for much more intimate works. Kevin Stalheim, the group’s artistic director, says the extra time and expense that went into the production were well worth the effort.
“There is absolutely nothing like the challenge and excitement of being involved in the creation of a new work and being the first to perform it in the entire world,” Stalheim says. “The birth of a child is miraculous and beyond words, but for me, the birth of the first opera by Kamran Ince is also miraculous and beyond words.”
A Peck School graduate, Stalheim was named the 2013 UWM Foundation Alumni Fellow. The opera is part of the Peck School’s 50th anniversary Year of the Arts celebration.
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