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TMD_The Crew of the PequodOn May 3-5, 2013 VOICES Boston performed The Tale of Moby Dick, a children’s opera composed by Raoul Gehringer, which tells Herman Melville’s well-known tale of Captain Ahab, and his obsession with taking revenge on the great white whale Moby Dick. Through music, movement and evocative sets,  all 175 choristers brought the sea, the ship Pequod and the whale to life on stage.

Though the script is based on Hermann Melville’s masterpiece of American literature, it has been adapted so as to be accessible to a cast and an audience that include children. Musically, though composed with modern techniques, the opera maintains the tradition of the melodic leitmotif, making its intricate sonorities accessible and engaging for both music lovers and the general public, both children and adults.

The Vienna Boys’ Choir presented the World Premiere of this opera in 2004, and performed it again in February 2013, for the opening season of its new concert hall. VOICES Boston’s May 2013 production was the American Premiere.

Read the preview and review in the Boston Musical Intelligencer

Read the Boston Globe commentary.

 

QUOTES

“[The opera The Tale of Moby Dick] was a remarkable achievement, something of which any organization could be deeply proud.”  Elisa Birdseye, The Boston Classical Music Intelligencer.  Read the full review.

“[VOICES Boston] also sang beautifully in the final minutes [of La Dammation de Faust by Hector Berlioz], as Marguerite ascends to heaven.  The ovation was instantaneous.” Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe

“[VOICES Boston]  crosses all lines of ethnicity, race, and economic background, making their extraordinary artistic success all the more exceptional. However, the extra musical benefits are no less remarkable. [VOICES Boston]  has changed lives.” Karen Campbell, Boston Globe

“Unspeakable beauty…” Michael Manning, Boston Globe

“The children’s voices soar…” Alison Bass, Boston Globe

“It has earned the reputation as one of the finest youth ensembles in the country,” Karen Campbell, Boston Globe

“Incorruptible timbre…” Matthew Guerrerri, Boston Globe

“Haitink returns to BSO for his first St. Matthew Passion… [VOICES Boston] added sparkle to the sound whenever they joined.” Jeremy Eichler, Boston Globe

“Professional, poised and simply a joy to listen to!” Gwen Ossenfort, Brookline Community Foundation

“It is really rare to hear an incredible ensemble as [VOICES Boston], yet the presence of this formidable group last Tuesday at the New England Conservatory Jordan Hall was simply one of those so very special occasions. My work, “Missa Triste”, was performed with such understanding and moving rendition that words are simply leaving us wtih no sensations to praise their performance. It is indeed not only the ability of the chorus itself but the guidance that leads them eventually to the moving singing…They perform with this fascinating, extraordinary comprehension of what the composer has set on the score. Bravo and bravo for your profound accomplishments.” Pozzi Escot, New England Conservatory