Carson Kievman

composer, stage director
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Fairy Tales, Songs of the Dandelion Woman (Excerpts)

FAIRY TALES, Songs of the Dandelion Woman
Music & Libretto by Carson Kievman

Synopsis: The fragmented notes and drawings of a troubled mind, adapted from the real-life struggles of a young heiress alone in the city, are gathered as possible evidence by a bank examiner, who is fraught with his own disturbing thoughts. The transformations they both go through are framed with penetrating and sometimes poetic insights from the writings of Carl Jung, who once envisioned a picture book to illustrate the complex logic and fantastic associations behind mental breakdowns. This dramatic collage of fantasy and reason is fused in an operatic song cycle that evokes the longings and confusions and the spiritual and mundane aspirations of modern life.

"KIEVMAN'S 'FAIRY TALES' MAKES A BOLD AND POWERFUL IMPACT IN WORLD PREMIERE"

South Florida Classical Review / The Miami Herald (Lawrence Budmen)
Friday, May 9, 2014

"is a Stunner!"

"delivers a great dramatic punch!" 

"is a shattering experience"

"grips the attention"

"In his boldest stroke, Kievman suddenly turns this happy scene into a hospital room with the bank examiner... his final words "I'm lost" are accompanied by traffic noises over speakers, leaving the audience stunned."

"In a season that has seen more twentieth- and twenty-first century opera in South Florida than in the last two decades combined, Kievman's opus is a stunner. It deserves wider performances beyond the current Miami Beach run"

For more information: sobearts.org/FAIRYTALES2b.html

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