June 20, 1997 | Lyric Opera of Chicago
Between Two Worlds (The Dybbuk)
Composer:Shulamit Ran
Librettist:Charles Kondek
Leya, about to enter an arranged marriage, is actually in love with Khonnon, and after he dies, she becomes possessed of his soul. This possession comes to a climax during the arranged marriage ceremony. The resulting exorcism of the “dybbuk” leaves Leya resting before the marriage can continue. Khonnon appears to the sleeping Leya, and tells her that although he has now left her body, he is now forever part of her soul.
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Lyric Opera of ChicagoBetween Two Worlds (The Dybbuk)6/6/1997 - 6/22/1997

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Musical Style
Expressive contemporary idiom incorporating Jewish folk and liturgical elements

Vocal & Musical Forces
4 Sopranos, 2 Mezzo-sopranos, 4 Tenors, 2 Baritones, 1 Bass-baritone. Orchestra: 2 flutes (both doubling piccolo, one doubling alto flute), oboe (EH, oboe d'amore), 2 clarinets (one doubling E-flat, one doubling contrabassoon), French horn, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 3 percussion (xylophone, vibraphone, 3 timpani, bass drum, tom-toms, cymbals, chimes, etc.), 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, contrabass; piano; pre-recorded shofar sounds

Original Cast
Members of Lyric Opera Center for American Artists: sopranos Alicia Berneche, Elena Kolganova, Robin Blitch Wiper; mezzo-sopranos Buffy Baggott, Jessie Raven; tenors James Cornelison, Stanley Jackson, Misha Royzen; baritones William Andrew Stuckey, Kirk Walker; bass-baritone Mark McCrory. Guest artists: soprano Mary Jane Kania and tenor Matthew Polenzani.

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