Brooklyn Music School presents C.W. Gluck's rarely heard Baroque gem, "Echo et Narcisse."
Based on the myth of Echo and Narcissus, Gluck's interpretation centers on the internal and external challenges that the lovers have to overcome in order to finally join in love's union.
Themes of vanity, narcissism, lust, and jealousy are explored playfully, as the wrath of a jealous God, the mischievous arrows of love, and human compassion compete to shape the lovers' fates. This updated production touches on contemporary issues of the seduction of self-imagery and features an original painting/backdrop by artist Eve Devore. The modern aesthetic of the production is contrasted by a Baroque chamber ensemble featuring period instruments, conducted by Tali Makell.
This drame lyrique was the last opera written by Christoph Willibald Gluck, and after its production in 1779 he left Paris for good for Vienna. In retrospect, the story prophesizes a time in which a sickness of imagistic self-love disrupts human relationships and our society.
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Directed by Marie Zvosec and costumed by Deborah Wright-Houston, "Echo et Narcisse" will take place in the BMS Playhouse. Don't miss this timely story and rarely heard luminous music composed by C.W. Gluck on August 17th and 19th at 7:30pm.
As the original home of The Little Opera Company of New York from 1925 to 1931, the BMS Playhouse theater has a long tradition of vocal performance in the arts community.