September 16-19, 2015, at 8:00pm
Matinee September 19 at 2:00pm
Sir James Dunn Theatre
Dalhousie Arts Centre
6101 University Avenue
Bradyworks (Montreal) and Vocalypse (Halifax) presented the world premiere of Ghost Tango, a riveting new chamber opera that tells the poignant story of a Canadian woman trapped in Argentina’s Dirty War. Twenty years after being abused in an Argentinian prison cell, she thinks she recognizes her tormentor on a cruise ship. When the ship runs aground, he is seriously injured, and the woman is faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Should she forgive her torturer and allow him to continue his life without fear of exposure and prosecution? Or, due to unexpected and fortuitous circumstances, should she put an end to his life in a well-deserved act of revenge?
With a dynamic score by virtuoso guitarist Tim Brady and libretto by award-winning poet Douglas Burnet Smith, this world premiere opera had audiences on the edge of their seats.
Ghost Tango starred two of Nova Scotia’s most talented classical singer/actors, featuring the intense emotion of soprano Janice Isabel Jackson and the rich, resonant voice of baritone R.L. Thompson. As for the music, it has to be an operatic first, as Tim Brady used an electric guitar and the latest electronic technology to let loose a swirling musical storm.
Ghost Tango was directed by Anne-Marie Donovan and featured the talents of an all-star production team, with video projections by Lukas Pearse, costumes by Arianne Pollet-Brannen, lighting by Leigh Ann Vardy, and stage design by Carolena Charles, all under the watchful eye of production manager Andrew David Terris.
Ghost Tango was generously funded by The Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, The Halifax Municipality, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec (CALQ)