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STEVEN MACKEY: Ravenshead

USA Today:
"Best Opera of '98... Eckert [delivered] a tour de force to Mackey's insinuating rock-influenced score."

Hartford Courant:
"An unforgettable opera that combines music and drama with stunning emotional effect... Eckert is a marvel, singing Mackey's challenging, beautiful score with consummate commitment."

USA Today declared Ravenshead the "Best New Opera of the Year" when it debuted in 1998. The work is a tour de force that combines Steve Mackey's multi-faceted score, the dazzling physicality and mordant wit of Rinde Eckert, and a superb performance by the Paul Dresher Ensemble to pull off what the New York Press called "equal parts MTV video and Metropolitan Opera."

The work is based on the real life story of Donald Crowhurst, a British entrepreneur who attempted to be the first person to sail solo around the world. A meditation on the meaning of heroism vs. hubris, of competence vs. charisma, Ravenshead had the "New York audience hanging on the edge of their seats" (American Theatre). And the Los Angeles Times wrote that the opera is "astonishing," that Eckert's "brilliant" performance "entertains us, amazes us and shatters us," and that Steve Mackey's music has "the energy of rock."

Mackey, whose idiom draws on western art music as well as popular music, has been commissioned by such sources as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Dawn Upshaw. Champions of his music include Michael Tilson Thomas and the Kronos Quartet.

 

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CD 1 Act One
1. The Doldrums
2. Prime Number
3. Barroom
4. Boat Building/Inventory
5. Bare Raft
6. The Last Time I Saw My Wife
7. Out to Sea
8. Book of Days

 
CD 2 Act Two
1. Noisy Sea
2. Options
3. ...but the mind
4. Dear Clare
5. ...we have with us today
6. Come in, come in!
7. Ironic, really
8. The Ballad of Ravenshead
9. The Storm
10. Epilogue


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