OURLAND, a Dystopian State
Music by Paul Davies, libretto by Daniel Helfgot
July 15, 2022, 7:30 PM

 

Production photography by Alexis Silver

OURLAND: A Dystopian State is a new opera recently composed by Paul Davies with a libretto by Daniel Helfgot. Ourland is an imaginary country where many of today's societies can easily find themselves reflected. Following in the long tradition of opera as relevant social commentary, it tackles the subject of the life and death consequences of bigotry, suspicion, resentment, and hate of the foreigner, the other. Mexican-American composer Paul Davies and Argentine-American librettist Daniel Helfgot bring their personal lived experiences to the table in crafting this cautionary tale heightened by lyrical, descriptive music.

This work is performed by the artists of the Aquilon Music Festival with the accompaniment of a chamber orchestra led by renowned conductor Barbara Day Turner.

This season, Aquilon will present its mainstage production at the excellent facilities of the Drea Ferguson Auditorium.  It is a 550-seat performance space that features state-of-the-art technical equipment, a lighting system, and an orchestra pit.

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Set design by Greg Mitchell