THE TALE OF MOBY DICK
Friday, May 3 at 7pm
Saturday, May 4 at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday, May 5 at 3pm
Ellsworth Theater, Pine Manor College
400 Heath St Chestnut Hill, MA
Read the Boston Globe commentary.
On May 3-5, PALS performed The Tale of Moby Dick, a children's opera composed by Raoul Gehringer, which tells Herman Melville's well-known tale of Captain Ahab, and his obsession with taking revenge on the great white whale Moby Dick. Through music, movement and evocative sets, 175 PALS choristers brought the sea, the ship Pequod and the whale to life on stage.
Though the script is based on Hermann Melville's masterpiece of American literature, it has been adapted so as to be accessible to a cast and an audience that include children.
Musically, though composed with modern techniques, the opera maintains the tradition of the melodic leitmotif, making its intricate sonorities accessible and engaging for both music lovers and the general public, both children and adults.
The Vienna Boys' Choir presented the World Premiere of this opera in 2004, and performed it again in February 2013, for the opening season of its new concert hall. PALS Children's Chorus' May 2013 production was the American Premiere.
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