NO ONE IS FORGOTTEN
Paola Prestini, composer
Sxip Shirey, composer
Winter Miller, Librettist
Michelle Rofrano, conductor
Elena Araoz, director
In partnership with The Dallas Opera and Emitha LLC.
LC2308 - 9/13/2023
© ℗ 2023 Lexicon Classics
Executive, Producer - Eve Gigliotti
Executive Producer - The Dallas Opera
Executive Producer - Gillian Riesen
Producer, IA Producer, Editor, Vocal Engineer - Jonathan Estabrooks
Consulting Producer - Cath Brittan
Director & Immersive Audio Design - Elena Araoz
Music Director & Conductor - Michelle Rofrano
IA & Stereo Mixing Engineer - Mark Donahue
Mastering Engineer - Mark Donahue
Engineer - Chris Benham
Assistant Engineer - Cat Evers
Dramaturg - Elena Araoz
Co-Dramaturg - Eve Gigliotti
Assistant to the Producer and Director (courtesy of Innovations in Socially Distant Performance) - Kaelani Burja
Logo Design - Emitha Studios
Recorded at Big Orange Sheep, Brooklyn, NY
NOTES ON THE ALBUM
NO ONE IS FORGOTTEN: AN IMMERSIVE OPERA
Co-Composed by Paola Prestini and Sxip Shirey, with a libretto by Winter Miller based on her play.
Can you hear your memories?
This is the story of Lali and Beng, a journalist and aid worker held captive. No one knows where they've been taken or if they are alive. Or, maybe their story is being broadcast to the world?
A story about intimacy, surrender, and the will to live.
Co-composed by Paola Prestini and Sxip Shirey with a libretto by Winter Miller adapted from her original play, No One Is Forgotten is a groundbreaking opera, fully designed to be delivered to its audience in the form of an immersive operatic radio play, an ‘invisible opera,’ using cutting edge immersive audio technology.
Through the soundscape of foley arts, actors, electronics, cello, and classical vocalists, this is a world where the audience can experience storytelling purely through sound and their imagination. By creating a work that is delivered directly to you in an intimate and portable format, our goal is to invite you to close your eyes and open your imagination, and enter the world of Lali and Beng.
Inspired by true accounts of the plight of captured and detained journalists and aid workers, No One Is Forgotten originated as a play, described by Cynthia Nixon as “Completely riveting. Harrowing. And funny.” Samantha Bee “Unexpectedly hilarious,” and Gloria Steinam “A real tour de force.”
It has now been adapted into an operatic theatrical experience that promotes the message of strength, hope, and love. You will hear a story that is surprisingly funny, moving, and relevant.
Brought to you by Creative and Executive Producer Eve Gigliotti, Director and AI Design by Elena Araoz, Music Director Michelle Rofrano, AI Producer and Editor Jonathan Estabrooks, starring Kathleen Chalfant and Eve Gigliotti as Beng, and Amelia Workman and Kearstin Piper Brown as Lali, featuring world renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, with foley arts and underscoring by Sxip Shirey and orchestrations by Paola Prestini.
The drama is divided between two actors and two vocalists to mine the duality of what it is to be physically held captive while emotionally escaping through music.
This project is commissioned by The Dallas Opera, Emitha/Lexicon Classics, and Eve Gigliotti with generous support from The Henagan Foundation and our community of supporters.