Under the leadership of Vocale’s director Carmen-Helena Téllez, the International Dante Project will present a new interdisciplinary work, “JOURNEYING LA DIVINA COMMEDIA: DESERT, DISCOVERY, SONG…” next October 8 and 9, 2016, at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center of Notre Dame. It features Notre Dame Vocale prominently as singers will perform diverse roles around Dante’s travel from Hell into Purgatory and then Paradise.
“JOURNEYING THE COMMEDIA: DESERT, DISCOVERY, SONG…” is the third of the Sacred Music Dramas at Notre Dame wit support from the Mellon Foundation, following “I Was Born For This” on the historical impact of Joan of Arc, and “Elijah or the Jewish Artist in the Western World”, featuring Metropolitan Opera baritone Nathan Gunn.
“JOURNEYING LA DIVINA COMMEDIA” counts with the stage direction of Notre Dame’s Professor of Theatre Anton Juan, who explores aspects of the human condition and social justice in his art. The work’s was co-created after a libretto by celebrated Dante scholar Robin Kirkpatrick (University of Cambridge), with further creative input by Notre Dame Dante scholar Vittorio Montemaggi.
Composer Robert Kyr (University of Oregon, Oregon Bach Festival) has been commissioned with a grant from the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music to compose an oratorio the segment of Paradiso that will close the work.
Composer Robert Kyr, who has been commissioned by Notre Dame Vocale to write a new cantata based on Dante’s Paradiso, has been honored with a major award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Four composers will each receive a $10,000 Arts and Letters Award in Music, which honors outstanding artistic achievement by a composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work. The other winners with Robert Kyr are Robert Carl, Sean Shepherd, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. See more.
Last February 3rd, Notre Dame Vocale, received news of the prestigious award by the Ann Stookey Fund for New Music. The award places Vocale in the company of some of the most distinguished professional ensembles in the country. See More.