Opera on Film: OBSCURA NOX + AFTER/GLOW
Part of Opera Philadelphia’s Opera on Film series
MARY BIRNBAUM | GERMANY | 2021 | 26:18 MIN | NR | LATIN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
In a modern retelling of Plato’s ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE, a woman (soprano Julia Dawson) is cloistered in a prison of her own making until a mysterious stranger shows her a way out. Featuring Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate” (KV 165) and new music by Iranian-Canadian composer Iman Habibi with original Latin text, OBSCURA NOX is a combination of classical music and narrative film.
Cast: Julia Dawson, Evie Poaros
RYAN MCKINNY | USA | 2021 | 50 MIN | NR | ENGLISH, GERMAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
The spark of new love, the smoldering of desire, the haze of loss. Life and death are but bodies intertwined in AFTER/GLOW. Reimagining a classic European work through contemporary voices, AFTER/GLOW boldly embarks upon a cinematic journey through Schumann’s iconic sixteen song cycle “Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love).” Featuring the original work of acclaimed poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph and the virtuosic performance of countertenor and recent finalist on NBC’s THE VOICE John Holiday, AFTER/GLOW will leave you basking in the raw power of intimate human connection.
Cast: John Holiday, Marc Bamuthi-Joseph, Eboni Adams, DeMario Adams