Angel’s Bone

Composed by Du Yun
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Conducted by Julian Wachner
Out on VIA Records September 22, 2017

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Angel’s Bone is a new work of opera-theatre by composer Du Yun and librettist Royce Vavrek that follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. They are found battered and bruised from their long journey by a man and his wife. The married couple is in the midst of a financial crisis, they seem to have grown far apart from one another in this marriage, and the unspoken aggression between them is palpable; nevertheless, Mr. and Mrs. X.E. set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails… then lock them in a room, leaving them a claw foot bathtub for a shared bed, and decide to exploit these magical beings for wealth and personal gains.

Mrs. X.E. – Abigail Fischer

Mr. X.E. – Kyle Pfortmiller

Girl Angel – Jennifer Charles

Boy Angel – Kyle Bielfield*

Man on the TV- Thomas McCargar

Female Customer / TV host- Melanie Russell

*Kyle Bielfield appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street- 

Primary choir: Eric S. Brenner*, Timothy Hodges, Linda Lee Jones, Clifton Massey, Thomas McCargar, Scott Mello, Timothy Parsons, Melanie Russell, Jonathan Woody, *soloist

Additional vocals: Melissa Attebury, Sarah Brailey *, Paul D’Arcy, Meg Dudley, Brian Giebler, Helen Karloski, Tim Krol, Edmund Milly, Daniel Moody, *soloist

NOVUS NY-

Stuart Breczinski (Oboe/English Horn), Adam Cockerham (Lute), Anna Elashvili (Violin), Stephanie Griffin (Viola), Ashley Bathgate (‘Cello), Moran Katz (Clarinet), Micah Killion (Trumpet), Ian Rosenbaum (Percussion/Drumset), Alex Sopp (Flute/Alto Flute/Bass Flute), Ben Vokits (Tuba).

Executive Producer – Trinity Wall Street

Recording, Editing, Mixing and Mastering Engineer – Marc Urselli

Associate Engineers – Sascha Van Oertzen, Gintas Norvila

Produced by Du Yun

Recorded on June 12 and 13, 2017 at National Sawdust

Angel’s Bone had its world premiere at PROTOTYPE on January 6, 2016 at 3LD Center for Art and Technology, New York

Originally commissioned by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia

Completion co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE.

World Premiere co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and Trinity Wall Street

The world premiere was supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.