Jindong Cai conducts the Stanford Philharmonia Orchestra for the world premiere of Oxford Companions: An Opera in Three Acts, with music by Giancarlo Aquilanti, libretto by Neil Van Leeuwen, and direction by Rush Rehm. The opera takes place on Feb. 15 and 16 in Bing Concert Hall on the Stanford campus.
The opera is a modern tragedy with a romantic spirit, and a story about young people in the wake of World War II who are caught up in the demands of family, justice, and love. “The characters of the opera are sympathetic but imperfect, and the problems they face are grander versions of the very problems that many people face in the course of their lives. The music combines compelling melodies, harmonies, instrumentations, and vocalizations in the context of a plot that elicits emotions that can be shared by audiences regardless of musical background.”
Featured soloists are Christine Abraham, soprano; Buffy Baggott, mezzo soprano; Michael Desnoyers, tenor; Eugene Brancoveanu, baritone; Daniel Cilli, baritone; and William O’Neill, bass, as well as voice students of the Department of Music.