Fresh after closing out their season with Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, MasterVoices has revealed its upcoming 2023-2024 season, which will mark Artistic Director (and Tony winner) Ted Sperling's 10th year leading the ensemble.
The season will kick off November 4 with a concert staging of Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove's seldom-produced musical The Frogs, based on the ancient Aristophanes play. Originally written to be performed in a swimming pool at Yale, the work will be produced here in its revised iteration written for a 2004 Broadway debut via Lincoln Center Theater. The revisions are penned by Nathan Lane, who also starred in the Broadway bow. The work, which features the most complex choral writing of any of Sondheim's scores, follows Dionysos and his servant Xanthias as they travel to Hades and back to rescue one of the great artists to save mankind. MasterVoices will offer two performances of the work at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, at 2 and 7:30 PM.
The company is collaborating with choreographer Doug Varone on a new dance piece To My Arms / Restore, which the group will perform at NYU Skirball Center March 22–23. The two-part work is set to a suite of Handel arias and his choral work Dixit Dominus, newly mixed with electronic DJing from composer Nico Bentley. The performance will feature five soloists and musicians from New York Baroque Incorporated.
Closing out the season, MasterVoices returns to the first work Sperling performed with the ensemble, The Grapes of Wrath April 17 at Carnegie Hall. The opera, based on the John Steinbeck novel, features music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a libretto by Michael Korie. Also returning from the previous MasterVoices staging of the work are projections by Wendall K. Harrington.
Visit MasterVoices.org for more details.