World Premiere of Lord of the Rings Opera “Leithian” to be given in New York

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J. R. R. Tolkien Story Is Set by American Composer

The world premiere of Part Two of LEITHIAN, an opera by by Adam Klein, will be presented Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 3 PM and Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 7 PM, at the music hall of St. Michael’s Church, 225 West 99th Street, New York City.

The cast will include soprano Tami Swartz, Metropolitan Opera tenor Adam Klein,  jazz legend Valery Ponomarev, Metropolitan Opera basses Steven Fredericks and Nathan Bahny, NYGASP mezzo-soprano Dianna Dollman, baritone C. David Morrow, bass Walter Du Melle, tenor Stefan Paolini, and soprano Anita Lyons. Elizabeth Hastings will play piano and conduct a small instrumental ensemble. This will be a concert performance.

For those familiar with the recent Tolkien films but not the books, LEITHIAN, or Release from Bondage, takes place in the First Age of Middle-earth, when Sauron was but a captain of an even greater evil being, Morgoth the Black Enemy. (The stories of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE  RINGS occur in the Third Age.) It is the heroic tale of how Beren and Lúthien – ancestors of Aragorn, Arwen and Elrond – achieved what the entire Elvish army could not: rescue one of the three Silmarils (luminous jewels made by the great Elf-smith Fëanor) from Morgoth’s Crown. It is also the story of the first union between Elf and Man (the last being Arwen and Aragorn).

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