Opera to open New Haven's Ideas fest
SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Acclaimed Chilean author Isabel Allende and Mexican-born, London-based composer Hilda Paredes are among the creative team for the opera “Phantom Palace,” which will receive its world premiere at New Haven, Conn.’s eighth annual Intl. Festival of Arts & Ideas this summer.Opera is based on Allende’s short story of the same name. The work was jointly commissioned by the festival, German artistic management group Musik der Jahrhunderte and London-based English National Opera. Described as crossing boundaries of language, belief and social division, “Phantom Palace” will make use of indigenous American languages. It will open the June 12-28 festival with four performances at Yale’s University Theater June 12-15. Librettist is the Mexican Adriana Diaz Enciso. The director is Venezuelan-German Carlos Wagner and the designer is Mauricio Elorriaga, also Mexican.