Majel Connery Directs a New Opera in San Francisco

This March, Majel directs a new opera, Death With Interruptions, in San Francisco.

Based on Jose Saramago's novel of the same name, the opera is composed by Rome Prize, Berlin Prize and Guggenheim Fellow Kurt Rohde with a libretto by Tom Laqueur, Helen Fawcett Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2008, Laqueur was awarded $1.5 million from the Mellon Foundation for his work in sexology. So, naturally, he decided to create an opera! In this strange and lovely piece, Death falls in love with a cellist and the next one dies.

Performances are March 19 and 21, 2015 at the Oberlin Dance Collective in San Francisco, presented by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo collage by Naissance Inc.


Oracle Hysterical and Opera Cabal at Constellation

Thanks to our friends at Scrappers Film Group, we're able to show off a few videos from our November 6 show at Constellation with Chicago Composers Orchestra.

All songs are included as tracks on a forthcoming album, Hecuba, by Oracle Hysterical (a.k.a. Brad and Doug Balliett, Elliot Cole and Majel Connery).

Hecuba (trailer) from Opera Cabal on Vimeo.

"Bolero" from Opera Cabal on Vimeo.

"Helen" from Opera Cabal on Vimeo.

"Leto's Laurel" from Opera Cabal on Vimeo.

Thanks so much to Kiyomi Mino and Mani Camacho for shooting and editing this film.