– Courtesy of The New Victory Theater
released February 24, 2017
Music by Paola Prestini
Libretto by Rinde Eckert
Directed and Designed by Julian Crouch
AGING MAGICIAN is an epic new opera-theater work that tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life. A string quartet and Brooklyn Youth Chorus help Harold uncover his legacy as the New Victory stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. Creators Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter, New Vic 1999), Rinde Eckert, Paola Prestini, Mark Stewart and the Attacca Quartet bring together the worlds of music, theater, puppetry, instrument making and scenic design to paint this poignant allegory on time, youth and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, or perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. – Courtesy of The New Victory Theater
Co-created by composer Paola Prestini, writer & performer Rinde Eckert, and director & designer Julian Crouch. Instrument designer Mark Stewart. Co-scenic design & costume design by Amy C. Rubin. Video & lighting design by Josh Higgason. Performances by Rinde Eckert, members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus (Dianne Berkun- Menaker, founder and music director) and Attacca Quartet (Amy Schroeder, violin; Keiko Tokunaga, violin; Nathan Schram, viola; Andrew Yee, cello).
Recorded at National Sawdust by Marc Urselli, with technical assistance by Zach Rosenberg. Mixed and Mastered by Marc Urselli. Produced by Paola Prestini. Album art and libretto design by Michael Cina. All drawings by Rinde Eckert except where noted.
Commissioned by VisionIntoArt, Beth Morrison Projects, Walker Art Center, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Developed by Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt, with support from National Endowment for the Arts, Repertoire Development Grant support from Opera America, and the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts. With lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project and the Opera America Opera Fund.
Aging Magician is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by John Burt, Liane Fredel, Jane A. Gross Philanthropic Fund, Warren Ilchman, Ariel Ostad, Gustavo Rigoli, Salamon-Abrams Family, Jill and Bill Steinberg, and Cece Wasserman (The Cheswatyr Foundation).
Aging Magician has received residency support from Mass MoCA, Park Avenue Armory and The Watermill Center’s Artist Residency Program.