THE FIRST OPERA ABOUT HENRIK IBSEN www.IBSENopera.com
“There is no better way to promote global peace, women's empowerment and telling the world we live in a universal one!”
Dr. Ashley William Joseph, Dennis D’Amico and Ronald Rand present
the WORLD PREMIERE of
A Haunting Score by An Electrifying Libretto by
WORLD TOUR NOVEMBER, 2021 IBSEN
WORLD PREMIERE, BANGALORE, INDIA
MALAYSIA PREMIERE, KUALA LUMPUR
PHILIPPINES PREMIERE, MANILA
THAILAND PREMIERE, BANGKOK
2 DAY FORUM, Bangalore, India
“Henrik Ibsen’s Impact in India” “Henrik Ibsen & Women’s Empowerment”
PANELS & WORKSHOPS Special Guests International Experts Creative Team of IBSEN
out of a dream comes an opera like no other
1891. Kristiana, Norway.
Henrik Ibsen returns home a celebrated playwright after a self-imposed exile of 26 years.
Yet his conscience won’t let him rest.
When his Muse holds a mirror up, he steps inside his mind to confront himself.
Wrestling with doubts, he fights to come to grips with everything he has accomplished.
Could I have done more to expose the truth? Important women in his life appear.
Characters he’s written flood his conscience. Can Ibsen find a way forward?
Do we have the courage to look at ourselves and accept our responsibility!
RONALD RAND (Librettist, Executive Co-Producer) The words of this opera sprang from my dreams as Ibsen’s voice dictated them clearly, urging me to listen. As a Goodwill Cultural Ambassador, he tours the globe in his 20th year bringing to life Harold Clurman, the “elder statesman of the American Theater” in his solo play, LET IT BE ART! (NYFA Sponsored Project) in 25 countries, 20 U.S. states, three critically acclaimed Off-Broadway productions, at the 8th World Theatre Olympics in New Delhi, five tours across India, performed twice in Bangalore including at Christ University’s Baptizer Festival, and at over 75 universities, colleges, theaters and art centers. Mr. Rand has represented the U.S. at several international theater festivals on five continents. An award-winning International Director, his production of the hit comedy, LUV, performed in Bosnian, continues to play to sold-out audiences in its fifth year at Sarajevo’s Chamber Theatre 55. Best-selling author of “CREATE!” and “Acting Teachers of America,” Mr. Rand’s plays have been performed around the world in many countries. He is the screenwriter of the upcoming film, Group Paradise, about The Group Theatre, America’s greatest acting company. As an actor, Mr. Rand has appeared in over four hundred plays, films, and TV shows. In New Delhi, he performed in Hindi in Sachin Gupta’s play, Great Mind at Work in New Delhi The U.S. State Department chose Mr. Rand as a Fulbright Specialist for five years and he taught and performed across Bosnia & Herzegovina, Malaysia and Uruguay. A published poet and painter, Mr. Rand is the Founder and Publisher of “The Soul of the American Actor” Newspaper, now in its twenty-first year.
HARTMUT VON LIERES (Composer) German composer and pianist, Mr. von Lieres has composed music for films and theater. Currently, he is the composer of the Auroville Theatre Group in southern India. Mr. von Lieres created music compositions for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Sandcastle for the Auroville Theatre Group. He is the composer of the symphony, Schloss Hueffe, performed by Sinfonie Orchester Lübbecke, conducted by Herrman Grube, and also composed HS, a composition for Dance Theatre Osiris in Helsinki, Finland about the painter, Helene Schjerfbeck. Mr. von Lieres has given a piano concert tour across Ecuador, and currently divides his time creating music and performing concerts in Germany, and in Auroville.
DR. ASHLEY WILLIAM JOSEPH (Conductor, Executive Co-Producer) is the Founder and Director of the William Joseph International Academy for Performing Arts, Chairman of the William Joseph Music Foundation, Director and Conductor of the 100-year-old Bangalore Musical Association, and Founder Director and Conductor of the Indian National Symphony Orchestra. His parents, Maestro Joseph Thomas Williams and Mrs. Sarah William Joseph encouraged him early in music. Maestro J.T. Williams was the Chief Pipe Organist at St. Andrew's Church in Bangalore, Head of the Music Department at Baldwin Boys High School in Bangalore. Dr. Williams was selected in 1985 under scholarship to pursue his professional studies of music in Manila, Philippines, specializing in conducting, voice, piano, guitar, organ, and ethnomusicology. He also performed with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the Asian Chorale, receiving a Doctorate in Music from the Trinity Open University. Dr. Williams was the only Indian to perform with the Asian Chorale during their tour of Sweden where they performed for the King and Queen. He has also performed as a soloist in the United Kingdom with the Liverpool Male Voice Ensemble. He has re-written Western music notation into Indian music notation to enable and encourage Indian musicians to be a part of the Global YouTube Symphony Orchestra. He also re-arranged ancient Kannada ethnic songs into a modern form for the young listener. Dr. Williams is on the Board of Directors of the Trinity School of Music. His compositional music received the first prize on All India Radio. Dr. Williams was honored by The YMCA of Singapore and the International Y's Men's Club of Singapore, through a joint project in aid of the Thailand flood victims, for his performance with the Thailand Sanctuary Symphony Orchestra as Guest Conductor. Dr. Williams also received the Messenger of Peace Award from the International Cultural Development and Exchange group and the ICYE Germany. He was honored for his performance in Malaysia for a charity concert to raise funds for street children. An inspiring teacher, Indian opera star, Deepika Padukone, and 2011 Miss Earth Nicole Faria were both trained by Dr. Williams. Over the years, Dr. Williams has directed and produced many musicals in India, including My Fair Lady, Man from La Mancha, Oliver Twist, Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Jungle Book, Annie, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White. Dr. Williams has taught music in well-known schools, and headed the musical, literary, and cultural departments in various institutions.
NANCY RHODES is a champion of new American opera. Ms. Rhodes is the Artistic Director of Encompass New Opera Theatre founded in New York City in 1975, dedicated to the creation, development and production of adventurous new music theatre and contemporary opera, and revivals of important musical works by American and international composers. Ms. Rhodes and Encompass New Opera Theatre have produced sixty-five full-scale productions, and over a hundred and fifty staged readings of new works. She has staged the world premieres of Kirke Mechem’s Tartuffe at the San Francisco Opera, Virgil Thomson’s Lord Byron at Alice Tully Hall, and new operas for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera Theatre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAM Fisher. A renowned international Director, Ms. Rhodes’ productions include Death in Venice in Stockholm, Carmen in Oslo, Happy End in Finland, Kiss Me Kate in Ankara, West Side Story in Istanbul, and Eccentrics, Outcasts and Visionaries: A Century of American Opera for the Holland Festival. The numerous operas Ms. Rhodes has staged include Blitzstein’s Regina, Britten’s Phaedra, Antheil’s Transatlantic, and Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All. Ms. Rhodes co-conceived and directed Only Heaven with composer Ricky Ian Gordon, and directed Grigori Frid’s opera, The Diary of Anne Frank at the Cleveland Opera. She was the Director of the first American musical performed at Albania’s National Opera House. Ms. Rhodes is the commissioned librettist of a new opera, The Theory of Everything, and recently directed the World Premiere of the new opera, Anna Christie, based on Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, by librettist Joseph Masteroff and composer Edward Thomas in New York City.
JILL NAVARRE (Assistant Director) Artistic Director of The Auroville Theatre Group in Auroville, India, near Pondicherry (1992-present). As a Director, her work includes Rivers of Blood (First Prize, Source Theatre Festival, Washington, D.C.), Resident Alien, The Greasy Envelope, Deceit (or Crime with Class), Psychotic Busboy Blues, Eany-Meany, Mommy I'm Home, Behind the Curtains; with The Auroville Theatre Group, her directing includes: Milarepa, Like Snow Melting In Water, Eye And I, (Questioning) Naga Mandala, Savitri: A Soul for Any Age, The Perfect Sandcastle, Bride on the Rocks, Hamlet, The Rainmaker, The Woolgatherer, What I Heard About Iraq: A Cry For 5 Voices, The Tempest, Sacrifice by Rabindranath Tagore, Nishta: or The Strange Disappearance Of Margaret Woodrow Wilson, Bay at Nice By David Hare, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Legend Of The Kaliveli Siddha, The Greedy Man, Black Comedy, Waiting For Godot, Mommy, I'm Home, and Our Town & The Crucible (with The Moradokmai Theatre Troupe, Thailand); as a playwright: The Cradle Will Fall (First Prize, Washington, D.C. Arts Council Larry Neal Award), Savitri, Mommy I’m Home (Washington , D.C. Open Theatre Women's Festival), Women in Hell; Writing and Directing Peter Pan: Lost and Found a rock musical performed by the Moradokmai Theatre Troupe in Thailand, Sannyasi, adapted from Satprem's novel, Sannyasin: or By the Body of the Earth. She presented the first Ms. Navarre presented the first opera-in-progress presentation with Mr. von Lieres music between the scenes of IBSEN in Auroville. She translated the play, Milrarepa by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt; her screenplays include: Portrait of Anna (in progress), The Door (Short film - in post-production), and Sannyasi co-author with Edgar Weinberger.
DENNIS D'AMICO (Co- Executive Producer) Mr. D’Amico was the Executive Producer of The Garland Music Series and The Garland Appeal USA commemorating Linda McCarthy fights cancer through the healing power of music, supported by Sir Paul McCartney. He produced the World Premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s classical composition Nova at Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon. Mr. D’Amico has cast many Broadway shows including Singin’ in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, It’s a Wonderful Life, Miss Firecracker Contest, Three Musketeers, and Into the Light. His work in film includes Best Picture Out of Africa, Santa Claus the Movie, 9½ Weeks, and A Woman or Two. He contributed his many talents to Strange Interlude starring Glenda Jackson and Aren’t We All with Rex Harrison and Claudette Colbert. Every year Dennis produces charity events that raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer, children’s cancers, autism, scleroderma and animal’s rights. Mr. D’Amico has performed with artists such as Nigel Kennedy, REO Speedwagon, The Marshall Tucker Band and Fred Turner of Bachman Turner Overdrive. As a jazz producer, he has worked with Kenny Rankin, Chevy Chase, Dorado Schmidt, Peter Beets, Cassandra Wilson, Tom Scott and Pablo Ziegler. Mr. D’Amico was Executive Producer of the Michael Madsen film, Turning the Tables with Daryl Hannah. He produced The Believe Concert starring Chevy Chase and Danny Aiello to raise funds for children with cancer. Mr. D’Amico produced the Let Us In concert with Kenny Loggins, Steel Magnolia, and Jeff Daniels. He is currently producing a new play by Tony Award winning writer Mark Medoff entitled Baby Lamb.
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM Film/Theater Actor
KAREN ALLEN Film Actress
SELMA ALISAPHIC Theater Actress
DAVID AMRAM Musician/Composer
NICOLE ANSARI Film Actress
ALEC BALDWIN Film/Theater/TV Actor
ANNE BOGART Theater Director
MARTHA CARPENTER Portrait Painter
TINA CHEN Theater/Film Actress
PROF. XIAOMEI CHEN University of California, Davis
BRIAN COX Film/TV/Theater Actor
GRACIELA DANIELE Theater Director
JOYCE DIDONATO Opera Singer
EVE ENSLER Playwright
JACK GARFEIN Film/Theater Director
LEE GRANT Film Actress & Director
JOHN GUARE Playwright
PROF. TAPATI GUPTA University of Kolkata
SHELDON HARNICK Lyricist
STEPHEN HENDERSON Stage/Film Actor
JENNIFER HORNE Poet
ANGELICA HUSTON Film Actress
ELENI TRIADA IOANNIDOU Opera Singer
SABRA JONES Theater Director
ALONZO KING Choreographer
PROF. DEAN KROUK Vice-President, Ibsen Society of America
PROF. ANANDA LAL Jadavpar University, Kolkata
STEPHEN LANG Film/Theater Actor
CAROL LAWRENCE Theater Actress
TONY LO BIANCO TV/Theater Actor
LAURENCE LUCKINBILL Theater/Film Actor
SYLVIA MCNAIR Opera Singer
EMILY MANN Theater Director
ZANA MARJANOVIC Theater/Film Actress
HENRY MUTTOO Director & Set Designer
MARILYN NEILSON Film Actress
CAROLYN PALMER Sculptor
LINDA-BOND PERRY Opera Singer
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER Film/Theater Actor
MICHAEL PRESSMAN TV/Film/Theater Director
HAROLD PRINCE Theater Director/Producer (1923-2019)
RONALD RAND Theater/Film Actor/ Librettist
LORI ANN REINHALL Editor-in-Chief, The Norwegian-American
LAILA ROBINS TV/Theater Actress
RITA SALZMAN Producer
ANDREI SERBAN Theater Director
WENDY SMITH Author/Writer
DOLLY THAKORE Actress/Casting Director
TOMMY TUNE Theater Director/Choreographer
JEAN-CLAUDE VAN ITALLIE Playwright
ROBERT WILSON Theater Director/Visual Artist