REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

"A GREAT 21ST CENTURY OPERA - it's full of fine things and is remarkably accessible.  It is also an important story told very very well."

"BRAVO! Music is wonderful and performances are spot on."

"A VERY COOL CONCEPT! ... the music is terrific.  I love the fact that the protagonist sings with a legit pop voice. I will definitely pass it on to the composition faculty and all of our students."

"AMAZING & GROUNDBREAKING -

if you haven't checked it out, do!"

"So unusual, yet it’s not. It’s... like a cultural feedback loop. Where you’re watching a video about someone installing a camera, watching them on their camera ... you’re on the web, detached ... watching without them knowing about it -

.....IT'S ALMOST....QUANTUM!"

"AWESOME! I can't wait for more episodes! I will show this to my music and Contemporary Opera classes!" 

"... the very American-feeling music went with the clueless participation in commerce as the web-stream was set-up. Watching through the screen’s POV made the process predatory, the kids  seemed innocent even when acting unethically.  The technology itself seemed nefarious.  The unflagging rhythm went perfectly with the hurried way we usually just click through our privacy notifications and ignore our responsibilities - spy equipment is no big deal it seems.

SUCH BIG CONSEQUENCES, SUCH THOUGHTLESS INVASIONS OF PRIVACY ..." 

MARIANNE CANE / EDUCATOR

THE WEB OPERA was officially launched on January 27, 2019:

Reuben Uy in Episode One of THE WEB OPERA
Adam Von Almen in Episode Two of THE WEB OPERA
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Stephanie Cecile Yavelow, Loren Battley, Molly Connor, Joyce Lai, Reuben Uy in Episode 3 of THE WEB OPERA

RED HEN PRESS HOSTS

THE LAUNCH OF THE GENRE-BENDING WEB SERIES BASED ON TRUE EVENTS

THE WEB OPERA

Composed by Michael Roth

Libretto by Kate Gale

Directed by Kate Jopson

 

The free launch event January 27th from 1-4 pm will screen episodes 1-3 of the five-part series. 

 

Privacy is fragile

 

The first three episodes of THE WEB OPERA, a fully musical through-sung web series composed by new-music and theatre veteran 

Michael Roth with libretto by Red Hen Press Managing Editor Kate Gale and directed by Kate Jopson (Artistic Director, Circle X

Theatre Co.) will launch Sunday, January 27th at 1pm at Red Hen Press 1540 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena CA 91103. Eduardo Vega from

Humannovations, a social impact organization, will host an interactive panel on cyberbullying, cyber abuse and suicide prevention

following the screening.  

 

The first three episodes are available online now at TheWebOpera.com. 

 

The Web Opera is presented online to encourage all who view it, via the website, to support organizations working against cyber abuse.

In addition, donations from the launch will go towards completing episodes four and five.  Michael Roth will be John Schneider's guest

and will be playing excerpts from THE WEB OPERA on Global Village, streaming nationally at KPFK.org on Thursday January 24 at

11AM PST.  interview is posted here - https://www.thewebopera.com/reviews

 

THE WEB OPERA is a unique experiment in music and film based on true events. A college freshman installs a webcam and starts a

chain of events that will forever impact the lives of those around him.  Composer Randy Newman calls THE WEB OPERA “a great 21st

century opera. It’s full of fine things and is remarkably accessible. It is also an important story told very very well.” 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

 

MICHAEL ROTH (Composer) is a composer and sound artist whose work has been called "music one could imagine Ives composing

had he encountered rock-and-roll and beat poetry." He has composed chamber music, film scores, dance music, opera and music/theatre,

and especially music and sound design for theatre, having created scores for over 250 productions at major theatres throughout North

America. Recent projects include: HENRY IV with Tom Hanks as Falstaff, directed by Daniel Sullivan; THE TEMPEST with Christopher

Plummer (both on stage and film), and Plummer's solo show A WORD OR TWO, both directed by Des McAnuff; IMAGINATION DEAD

IMAGINE, his music theatre treatment of Samuel Beckett's text, authorized by Beckett, for string quartet, voices and laptop - recently

premiered in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Prague; three piano sonatas - FATS NOVEMBER, TUESDAY FOR TOY PIANO and

SHEETCAKE; collaborating with Stacy Keach on PAMPLONA, his solo show as Hemingway directed by Robert Falls; JEWS &

BASEBALL (PBS) narrated by Dustin Hoffman; and his chamber opera THEIR THOUGHT & BACK AGAIN, available via iTunes and

Amazon. Michael is also known for his many collaborations with Randy Newman, including musical direction/arrangements for Disney's

PRINCESS & THE FROG, orchestrations for Randy's FAUST, recently revised for Encores! in New York, and editing five definitive

songbooks. His work encompasses Broadway, off-Broadway, Canada's Stratford Festival, as a resident artist at both South Coast

Repertory (57 productions) and La Jolla Playhouse (35 productions), and collaborations with, among many others, Anne Bogart, Culture

Clash, Peter Sellars, Tom Stoppard (two American premieres), Mac Wellman, MacArthur Fellows Sarah Ruhl and Samuel Hunter, and, as

a pianist, singers from Alice Ripley to Madonna, Marni Nixon, and Alicia Keyes.

 

KATE GALE (Librettist) Dr. Kate Gale is Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review. She

teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction. She serves on the

board of the Poetry Society of America. She is author of seven books of poetry (her most recent, The Goldilocks Zone), a novel Lake of

Fire, and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which had its world premiere October

2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. Her current projects include operas with Michael Roth, Joseph Turrin, Armando Bayola,

Daniel Felsenfeld, and art songs with Mark Abel. 

 

KATE JOPSON (Director) is the Artistic Director of Circle X Theatre in Los Angeles. Recently, she directed the short film PROTECT &

SAVE (official selection Alexander Valley Film Festival, Dam Short Film Festival) and developed documentaries with the Academy-Award

winning company Stick Figure Productions. As a theatre director, she specializes in experienced-based productions in locations as varied

as a Frank Lloyd Wright house, a horse ranch, a beach, and a flower-filled basement. Recent theatre credits: HOLE IN THE SKY (Circle

X Theatre); CANDIDE (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); FEFU AND HER FRIENDS (Circle X Theatre/JUST Toys Productions, LA); 1984

(Greenway Court Theatre, LA); AN ACCIDENT (Griot Theatre, LA), TWELFTH NIGHT (Courage Theatre Co. LA); SECOND SKIN (The

West/The Flagship Ensemble); A WILLOW GROWS ASLANT (La Jolla Playhouse —Without Walls Fest.) B.A UC Berkeley; M.F.A in

Directing from UC San Diego. 

EDUARDO VEGA (Mental Health Advisor) is CEO of Humannovations, a social impact consultancy focused on social justice and

mental health, suicide prevention, culture and the arts. An internationally recognized thought leader, his work as a change agent and

innovator continues to drive the forefront of change for mental health and community empowerment worldwide. Vega serves on the

Steering Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Global Anti-Stigma Alliance, and the Executive Committee of the US

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Vega is a published poet, author, playwright, and director whose work has been seen

across the US and Europe. He holds an M.A. in Psychology from New School for Social Research.

 

THE CAST AND PRODUCTION

 

CAST

Reuben Uy, Adam Von Almen, Stephanie Cecile Yavelow with Molly Connor, Loren Battley and Joyce Lai.

 

PRODUCTION

Cinematography by Dana Fytelson; Motion Graphics by Lisa Glenn Armstrong, Yiyi Shao, and Chris Gaal/Crazybridge Studios; Sound

Mixing by Steven Cahill; and additional musicians including Peter Sprague, Yvette Holzwarth, Batya MacAdam-Somer, Stephen Erdody,

Missy Lukin, Duncan Moore and vocalists Emily Kosloski, Jacqueline Lopez, Laura Vall and Amy White.

 

the web opera - copyright © Michael Roth & Kate Gale, 2018-19 / Michael Roth Publishing/ASCAP - all rights reserved