San Francisco Chronicle:
"“[Duykers] storms, he blusters, he bewails his fate – and,
when necessary, he taps into reserves of sweetly tuned lyricism... a dynamic,
Erling Wold’s chamber opera Mordake tells
the story of young Edvard Mordake, a man of high birth, secreted away in
his apartments due to his disfigurement: a woman’s face on the back
of his head, whose constant imprecations, heard by him alone, lead him
on a terrifying course of action, one that may result in his own destruction.
John Duykers sings the title role. An internationally
acclaimed tenor, he has appeared with many leading opera companies, including The
Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle
Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera,
Frankfurt Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Los Angeles Opera. Duykers most
celebrated role was Mao Zedong in the 1987 world-premiere of John Adams’ Nixon
in China, which was televised (winning an Emmy Award), and recorded
(winning a Grammy Award).
The librettist of the opera is the remarkable
Douglas Kearney, a teacher of African American poetry, opera and myth
at CalArts, well known for his recent performance work with Anne LeBaron.
This recording follows Wold’s
earlier release on MinMax, the critically acclaimed opera A Little
Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil.
"Mordake packs a multi-sensory punch inside
a tightly knit production... If the story of Mordake is a tragic, eerie
and at times wickedly funny rumination on the split in the human ego – the
violent psychic struggle to reconcile the different parts of our own porous
personality – we
appreciate its universal tensions because it wraps us so completely in
its subject’s deeply fraught isolation,” writes SF360.
an eclectic composer whose teachers include Gerard Grisey, Andrew Imbrie
and John Chowning, has been hailed as “the Eric Satie of Berkeley
surrealist/minimalist electro-art rock” by the Village Voice.
His opera Queer,
on the book by William Burroughs, will be in San Francisco and New York
as part of the 25th anniversary of the publication of the book. His Missa
Beati Notkeri Balbuli Sancti Galli Monachi was commissioned and premiered
by the Abbey of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He has collaborated with electronic
and noise musicians, filmmakers (Jon Jost) and dance companies, including
interactive audio and video projects with Palindrome Dance, Nürnberg.
Go get our supper!
What have you done? I’m no murderer
Once there was a boy (1)
You killed me before
You’ve never said that
You say I take
Once there was a boy (2)