Operatic drama tells tumultuous life of renowned sculptor
Camille Claudel was a risk-taking artist in France who studied with the famous Rodin in Paris during the late 1800s. This operatic drama hybrid travels through her life as a sculptor, lover, sister, daughter and the artist she became. Although most known for her progressive, sensual and autobiographic works, Claudel haunts history for destroying many of her own sculptures. Theresa Koon’s passionate portrait paints Claudel’s tumultuous struggle with her family, her affair with Rodin and her burning inner conflict of whether or not to allow her creativity out in the world…all of which influenced her eventual unraveling into the renowned icon that she is remembered as today.
Theresa Koon began her journey with Promise 16 years ago. Subsequently, she found a childhood connection to the Claudels and met with the family for additional research. Promise was workshopped under a private grant at Nautilus Music Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 2003. A development workshop of the play was held in 2004, in Portland, Oregon. In 2006, a concert version of Promise was presented at the Detroit Institute of Art as part of a Claudel/Rodin retrospective. That same year, it was given a concert style production at the National Opera Association Conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Promise was recently awarded a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council for further development, which funds in part the 2012 workshop production of the newly rewritten version of the opera.
Promise April 2012 Workshop Production:
Libretto and Music by: Theresa Koon
Directed by: Kevin Yell
Conducted by: David Hattner
Featured Artists: Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox, Jon Kolbet, Doug Webster, Stephen Guntli,
Carrie Rambo, Erika Little, Shannon Jones, Katie Krueger, Catherine Olson
Musicians: Erica Melton, Greg Ewer, Justin Kagan, Jerry Siemas
Additional Music by: Christy Slovacek
Dramaturgical Editing by: John Murrell