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Gabiele Vanoni: Island of Peoples

  • Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Mary and tenor Jonas Budris joins Ensemble Parallax for a performance of Gabriele Vanoni’s new multimedia concert, Island of Peoples.

Island of Peoples is based on stories of immigrants coming to the United States and draws inspiration and material from the stories of the Ellis Island Oral Histories, a project of the Ellis Island Museum, that preserves and collect interviews of US immigrants who went through Ellis Island between 1900 and 1954. The concert includes original material obtained directly from actual immigrant interviews.

These interviews include amazing stories of struggle, pain and sadness, but also of joy, love, friendship and faith. In the opera, the stories are told and unfold intertwined around a few common traits: the longing for home, the perils of traveling for days, and the cultural, social and human uncertainties of the new world. The stories reveal common aspects that become a sort of collective memory, that reach and touch universal, human experiences that everyone can relate to: we are all “wanderers,” and to be an immigrant, to be eradicated, just makes this perception more acute.


Tickets are available online and at the door.


Earlier Event: November 11
Vocalisms: A Solo Recital