World Premiere of TESLA multidisciplinary opera/Music-theater @ Colony Theatre Miami Beach, Miami Beach [from 28 September to 1 October]

World Premiere of TESLA multidisciplinary opera/Music-theater

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20:00 - 19:00

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Colony Theatre Miami Beach
1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

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THE WORLD PREMIERE of «TESLA» a multidisciplinary opera/music-theater by Carson Kievman and Thomas Babe, about the exceptional life, explorations and brilliant inventions of NIKOLA TESLA. Opening Night will be at 8pm Thursday, September 28, 2017 with additional performances on September 29, 30 and October 1 at the historic and beautiful Colony Theater on Lincoln Road Miami Beach.

This will be an experience that is not to be missed!

Nikola Tesla was an immigrant whose transformative ideas challenged the staid society, inherited wealth, and power structure of the Gilded Age. «TESLA» brings to life the revolutionary race with Thomas Edison to fuel a new era of electricity, and the portentous aftermath: from the peak of worldly renown, Nikola Tesla pursues relentless dreams of tapping natural forces that could further liberate mankind, but instead lead to his earthly demise.

«TESLA» will be performed by a top-flight cast of international singers, including Kenneth Mattice, who returns to SoBe Arts in the lead role of Nikola Tesla; Emily Solo as Tommie (aka Huckleberry); Kyle Albertson as J.P. Morgan; Timothy Stoddard, who returns to SoBe Arts as George Westinghouse; Trevor Martin as Mark Twain; Anastasia Malliaras as Marie Astor Hampton; Chris Vettel as Thomas Alva Edison; Courtney Miller as Mrs. Mina Miller Edison; and Ben Werley as Charles Proteus Steinmetz.

Over a century ago Nikola Tesla, a true visionary, at the height of his success, realized that his prophetic work, which has framed worlds portrayed in science fiction and also formed the foundation for modern-day wireless energy transfer, wireless communications, laser beams, neon and fluorescent lighting, radio transmission, remote control, x-rays, lasers, robotics and much more, would require burning of fossil fuel and would ultimately destroy our planet. Composer/Co-Librettist, Carson Kievman has increasingly been drawn to these parallels between humanity, culture and environmental sustainability and it is this conflict that is at the heart of his motivation to tell the tragic and inspirational real-life story of Nikola Tesla, one vastly more captivating than that of any epic protagonist.

With stage direction by Jeffrey Marc Buchman, music direction by Mary Adelyn Kaufman, choreography by Rosa Mercedes, scenic and properties design by Stephan Moravski, projection design by Paul DiPierro, lighting design by Jeffrey Bruckerhoff, costume design by Nuria Carrasco Dominguez, makeup and wigs by Emily Malin, Nikola Tesla's life story will be told with music, electrifying scenic design, mapped digital projections, and poetic storytelling via an exquisitely crafted libretto. The production will employ 9 principal vocalists (see bios below), a 6 member choral ensemble, and a 25 piece chamber orchestra.

After giving away his patents and royalties Tesla pursued the creation of the 'Tesla Coil' to connect humanity to the very wheelwork of nature and allow the extraction of free and non-polluting energy for all. A friend of MARK TWAIN (our narrator), and peer of THOMAS EDISON, GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE and J.P. MORGAN (all characters in the opera) he nonetheless died a pauper, crushed by the greed and hunger for power of his contemporaries.

Nikola Tesla's radical visions of scientific potential and capitalist reform, which led to his rise as well as his downfall, resonate even more powerfully in the 21st century.

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