Song from the Uproar by Missy Mazzoli
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Missy Mazzoli's Song from the Uproar is a work based on the fascinating journals of Isabelle Eberhardt, a young Swiss woman who left her home for a nomadic life of adventure in north Africa. From 1900-1904, Eberhardt traveled the desert dressed as a man, converted to Islam and married Slimane Ahnni, an Algerian soldier. In 1904, at the age of 27, Eberhardt perished in a flash flood in Algeria. Ms. Mazzoli's lush score is influenced by both romanticism and minimalism, with elements of rock and electronica as well. The cast includes mezzo-soprano Ariana Chris, mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen, and baritone Christopher Burchett, and the libretto is by the composer.