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Darkling shows what is possible now and in the future for poetry and music.

The creation of Darkling, an opera with music by Stefan Weisman and libretto by Anna Rabinowitz, is a story of transformations. It is a story that maps the trajectory of bits of memorabilia found in a shoebox to publication of a book-length poem to production of a multi-media experimental opera performed in fully staged and concert versions to its current incarnation as a CD. The faceless, mainly nameless voices of Darkling emerge from a world that is lost to us: that of Eastern European Jewry destroyed in the Holocaust. Darkling spans the period between the two World Wars, interweaving the phenomenal and emotional lives of its characters with the catastrophic events of history. Darkling shows what is possible for music and poetry now and in the years to come.
Stefan Weisman, composer
Anna Rabinowitz, librettist
Maeve Hšglund, soprano, Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo-soprano, Jon Garrison, tenor, Mark Uhlemann, bass-baritone, Tom Chiu, Philip Payton, violins, Kenji Bunch, viola, Raman Ramakrishnan, cello, Brian DeMaris, conductor

"'Darkling' CD offers intriguing take on the problem of memory...This is a weighty work that yields deeper meaning upon multiple listenings." (Examiner.com)

"The experience, overall, is pleasant and thought-provoking. ...the music combines appropriately with the speakers to capture the listener's attention." (American Record Guide)