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.

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