JUDGMENT OF MIDAS
Music by Kamran Ince
Libretto by Miriam Seidel
In the ruins of ancient Sardis, two modern lovers fall into the past and a grand mythical music contest. They learn to hear each other anew through Pan versus Apollo, wild versus reason, woman versus man. Judgment of Midas takes as its starting point a series of mythical musical contests said to have taken place on Mount Tmolus, in Turkey, between the two gods Pan and Apollo and witnessed by King Midas. The singing contest is between Pan, maker of the people’s music, and Apollo, maker of the Gods' music. The opera's musical language will utilize popular, ethnic, and folk musical styles with music of epic proportions, effecting a vivid blaze of musical contrast.
Judgment of Midas was commissioned in part by the late Dr. Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr. to mark the 50th anniversary of Sardis excavations which revealed a series of mosaics featuring the mythical contest.
Performers will include 25 instrumentalists,( inlcuding five visitng Turkish instrumentalists), six soloists and an 8-member choir.
About the Creators
KAMRAN INCE (composer)
Kamran Ince has been hailed by The Los Angeles Times as "that rare composer able to sound connected with modern music, and yet still seem exotic." Ince was born in Montana in 1960 to American and Turkish parents. He holds a Doctorate from Eastman School of Music, and currently serves as Co-Director of MIAM (Center for Advanced Research in Music) at the Istanbul Technical University and Professor of Composition at University of Memphis. His works are performed by the leading orchestras of the world. His Waves of Talya was named one of the best chamber works of the 20th Century by a living composer in the Chamber Music Magazine.
MIRIAM SEIDEL (librettist)
Miriam Seidel conceived and wrote the libretto for Violet Fire, a multimedia opera about Nikola Tesla, with score by Jon Gibson. Following a workshop production at Temple University in Philadelphia, Violet Fire received its world premiere at the National Theater Belgrade, Serbia, and its U.S. premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. She is also Curator of the Galleries at the Gershman Y, an arts and culture center in Philadelphia.
Milwaukee Opera Theatre
Milwaukee Opera Theatre was founded in 1998 by Charissa York Glazner, an enterprising young soprano who
recognized the need for a community-based professional opera company in the Milwaukee area. York collaborated with singers, directors, and instrumentalists who were committed to producing operas readily accessible to the community in which they lived and worked.
During MOT’s premiere season (1999), the young company presented Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutti. The box-office success of that production, coupled with extraordinary community support, allowed MOT to expand its season to three productions the following year. Currently, MOT produces four to five projects each season, ranging from full productions to readings of new works, with special emphasis on local art and artists.