The month of May will bring world premieres of two works by Aleksandra Vrebalov:
Abraham In Flames will receive its first performances between the 9th and 12th May with Young Women’s Choral Project, soloists, and chamber ensemble conducted by Stefano Flavoni, in San Francisco, CA.
Later, on Friday 17 May, Arias from operas Mileva and Abraham in Flames will be performed by Aleksandra Ambroziak, mezzo, Sophia Burnham-Lemaire, soprano, and Djordje Nesic, piano, in Belgrade.
On Thursday 23 May, Xenia and The Bishop, a Harvard/FROMM Commission, will be premiered by Sylvan Winds and Daria Karic in NYC.
Xenia and The Bishop was inspired by the Cinderella story, however, following a different path, as Vebralov says:
I realized that the stories and fairly tales we share with our children are the stories that they adopt as miniature models of life’s workings, human behavior, and character archetypes. So instead of reaffirming Cinderella, a beautiful and helpless girl who is saved by the prince and a fantastical creature/fairy godmother, I wanted to show a girl who can depend on her own resources and talents, historically not often attributed to women and girls. So I f created Xenia — a heroine who is different, shy, good natured, but also brilliant, and who finds her community and fulfillment thanks to her secret passion — chess!
Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 May
Abraham In Flames (World Premiere)
Performers: Young Women’s Choral Project, soloists, and chamber ensemble conducted by Stefano Flavoni
Z Space, San Francsico, CA
Friday 17 May
Arias from operas Mileva and Abraham in Flames
Aleksandra Ambroziak, mezzo, Sophia Burnham-Lemaire, soprano, Djordje Nesic, piano
Great Hall of the City Assembly (Old Royal Court), Belgrade
Thursday 23 May
Xenia and The Bishop, (World Premiere – Harvard/FROMM Commission)
Sylvan Winds and Daria Karic, narrator
Kosciutszko Foundation, NYC