Painting by Vera Gutkina

Premieres April 12-13 

Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University

Drawing on the combined talents of an award-winning creative team and an all-star cast from the spheres of opera and chamber music, these two new chamber operas present the stories of two people, each haunted by inner voices. Composer and Stanford Professor of Music Berger transforms the concert hall into the interior world of the mind in a pair of tender and powerful dramas directed by Grammy winner Rinde Eckert.

Theotokia takes the audience inside the mind of a man possessed by ritualistic and religious hallucinatory voices. These delusions portray the inner struggle of mental illness in a rich musical, dramatic, and philosophical counterpoint.

The War Reporter is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Paul Watson. Convinced that he is haunted by the ghost of an American soldier he photographed in Mogadishu in 1993, Watson seeks to rid himself of this curse. Librettist Dan O’Brien’s interviews with Watson are the primary source for the work.

© Jonathan Berger, 2012