"Rivers Unite : Divide", an Immersive Opera
Mexican-American composer Nathan Felix will present his new immersive operetta titled Rivers Unite : Divide at the High Line Nine (507 W 27th St) gallery in Chelsea on Thursday October 28 from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Rivers Unite : Divide tackles subjects such as re-appropriation, borderlands and rivers as cultural and territorial boundaries. The star-studded cast features soprano Celeste Morales, mezzo-soprano Kathleen Shelton, baritone Phillip Bullock and tenor Joseph Sacchi.
High Line Nine aims to shatter the stuffy perception of classical music by emphasizing the audience experience. This one-time performance at the High Line Nine on October 28th from 6:30 - 8pm will occur in and around various spaces and galleries within the High Line Nine. Felix is known for his guerilla-style approach in presenting classical music in unconventional spaces and Rivers Unite : Divide is no exception, with a performance utilizing space, movement, and acoustics to activate the galleries.
The idea behind Felix’s immersive operetta revolves around blurring the line between performer and audience by having musical performers move amongst the audience as they perform a cohesive musical composition. The audience is encouraged to follow the narrative of the piece which entails following the soloists but they are ultimately given agency to explore based on feeling, sight and soundscape. Other featured instrumentalists include Sana Nagano and Heather Wallace on strings. The chamber ensemble will be led by conductor Dmitry Glivinskiy.
Venue: High Line Nine
507 W 27th St
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