Exploring the Metropolis: Scenes from Beloved Prey
Friday, September 25 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Anita’s Way – The through block connecting W. 42nd and W. 43rd Streets between 6th Avenue and Broadway
Exploring the Metropolis presents EtM Con Edison Composers Concert Series with chashama.
Intercultural theater composer and founder of The Traveling Opera Company, Kento Iwasaki, accompanied by librettist Cris Ryan, presents scenes from the aria of his debut opera, Beloved Prey, performed by Sishel Claverie, Mezzo-Soprano; Joy Tamayo, Soprano; and Iwasaki, Koto
A lioness adopts a baby antelope instead of eating it following the death of her own child. This curious phenomenon of nature inspires the story of Beloved Prey, where we learn, through evocative song and lyrics, that what we consider human, that is to say “not animal” – emotion, compassion, feeling is actually animal indeed.
Iwasaki accompanies two performers on koto, weaving a rich tapestry of Eastern and Western influence through haunting melody and articulate song. Performed against a painted backdrop of the African grasslands, where the story takes place, Scenes from Beloved Prey is a preview of the opera, which premieres at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City on November 24.
Iwasaki developed Beloved Prey during his EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency at Flushing Town Hall during 2014 through 2015. Since 2009, Exploring the Metropolis has administered the EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency, an annual program that is open to New York City composers. Five composers, chosen by a panel of music professionals, receive a stipend and six months of free, suitable workspace in a cultural or community facility.
The creation of Beloved Prey was made possible by the EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency and the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.