The House Taken Over by composer Vasco Mendonça and librettist Sam Holcroft
An opera based on the 1946 short story by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar featuring a score by composer Vasco Mendonça. It tells the story of a brother and sister living together in their ancestral home which is being “taken over” by unknown entities. Directed by Artist-in-Residence R.B. Schlather, The House Taken Over starts in a realist manner, slowly introducing a scene in which natural laws are distorted within a unique 4-D set.
Vasco Mendoça, Composer
Etienne Siebens, Music Director
R.B. Schlather, Director
Rachel Calloway, “Sister”
Robert Mellon, “Brother”
JAX Messenger, Lighting
Terese Wadden, Costume Design
Anne Ford-Coates, Hair and Make Up Design
Kathleen Stakenas, Stage Manager
Nolan Robertson, Orchestra Coordinator and Co-Producer
Miriam Charney,Vocal Coach
Brian Daurelle, Rehearsal Pianist
Benjamin Grow, Music/Orchestra Prep Conductor
And the Musicians from Manhattan School of Music
Commissioned by LOD muziektheater & Festival d’Aix en Provence.
Opera programming at NS is supported in part by a generous gift from Alberto Cribiore.