International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Brooklyn Youth Chorus in conjunction with American Opera Projects
Brooklyn Academy of Music Harvey Theater
Brooklyn, New York
November 3, 2015
by Michael Popkin
© 2015 by Michael Popkin
“Your doubt is sad and mortal, there is no deceit with us,” intones the angel played by Wendy Whelan to the fisherman played by Jock Soto during the denouement of “Hagoromo.” While it’s the voice of contralto Katalin Károlyi (doubling Whelan’s character in this chamber opera/ballet) that actually sings the lines, the two characters are bargaining over the return of a magic scarf (literally “the Hagoromo”) that has fallen from heaven and thereby upset the balance of the cosmos. The fisherman eventually agrees to give it back to the angel, but only if she will dance for him first.
Photo of Wendy Whelan in “Hagoromo” © Julieta Cervantes.