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Theofanidis: The Refuge / Summers, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, et al

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> The Refuge - Jews for the Forme Soviet Union (Mezzo-soprano 2, Mezzo-soprano 1, Baritone, Tenor, Ensemble, Soprano, Baritone, Trio, Bass-baritone)
> The Refuge - Central America (Soprano) - We lived in San Salvador (Soprano)
> The Refuge - Finale: Walking, walking day and night (Chorus)
> The Refuge - KUHF's Chris Johnson interviews HGO's Anthony Freud, Sandra Bernhard, and Sue Elliot
> The Refuge - KUHF's Dean Dalton interviews Composer Christopher Theofanidis and Librettist Leah Lax
> The Refuge - Anthony Freud, HGO General Director
> The Refuge - Mayor Bill White, Houston, Texas
> The Refuge - Mexico (Chorus, Soprano) - Parts of my family have been here for 150 years (Mexican Woman, Men, Chorus, Women, Soprano)
> The Refuge - Pakistan (Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Bass-baritone, Baritone) - People speak to me in Spanish (Pakistani Woman, Qawwali Singer, Mezzo-soprano, Soprano, Tenor, Bass-baritone, Quartet)
> The Refuge - India - My mother played sarasvati veena (Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Baritone)

Album Summary

>Theofanidis, Christopher : The Refuge, opera
>Word, Spoken : The Refuge, KUHF-88.7 pre-opera performance broadcast hosted by John Proffitt
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

'The Refuge' is the fruition of the Houston Grand Opera's commitment to connect with its community. The brainchild of General Director Anthony Freud, the idea was to commission an opera based on the experiences of the ethnically-varied immigrants who make Houston their home. The libretto, written by Leah Lax, is based on the oral histories of families from Africa, Central America, Vietnam, Pakistan and India who have made their way to Houston and made it their home. Their courageous journeys make this an American opera in the truest sense. The Houston-native, Christopher Theofanidis, eloquently captures their stories in music.


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>Theofanidis, Christopher : The Refuge, opera
  • Performers: David Courtney (Tabla); Faith Sherman (Mezzo Soprano); Rebekah Camm (Soprano); Vadim Angerov (Bayan); Giridhar Kalamanglam (Tanpura); Albina Shagimuratova (Soprano); Liam Bonner (Baritone); Chandrakantha Courtney (Sitar); Jamie Barton (Mezzo Soprano); Samhitha Murthy (Tanpura); Philip Evbomoen (Tenor); Ryan McKinny; Beau Gibson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Patrick Summers
  • Ensemble: Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Word, Spoken : The Refuge, KUHF-88.7 pre-opera performance broadcast hosted by John Proffitt
  • Running Time: 10 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Live