Light and Power: Excerpts

by Isaac Schankler

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Light and Power is a two-act chamber opera about the historic rivalry between American inventors Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

Nikola Tesla - Chelsea Beatty, soprano
Thomas Edison - Davron Monroe, tenor
Henry Ford - Rachel Selan, mezzo
Nova - Christine Teeters, soprano

Music by Isaac Schankler
Libretto by Jillian Burcar
Performed by Juventas New Music Ensemble
Lidiya Yankovskaya, music director
May 19-22, 2011
Cambridge YMCA Theater, Cambridge, MA

Winner, The American Prize in Opera Performance, 2012 (Professional Division)
2nd Place, National Opera Association 2010‐2011 Opera Production Competition (Professional Division)

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released 01 June 2011

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Track Name: "Nova, I have been your haunted house" (Act II, Scene 4)
Act II, Scene 4: Tesla (Chelsea Beatty) and Nova (Christine Teeters) sing a final duet ("Nova, I have been your haunted house").
Track Name: "I come from the East" (Act I, Scene 3)
Act I, Scene 3: Edison (Davron Monroe) and Henry Ford (Rachel Selan) mock Tesla (Chelsea Beatty) for his un-American upbringing ("I come from the East"). Tesla responds that he is a self-made mechanism; he has no country of origin ("You may have cause for maps").
Track Name: "I've started a gold rush" (Act I, Scene 5)
Act I, Scene 5: Concerned about competition from Tesla and George Westinghouse, Edison (Davron Monroe) puts on a touring stage show to demonstrate the safety hazards of Tesla's alternating current, culminating in a live electrocution of Topsy the circus elephant ("I've started a gold rush").
Track Name: "I've inherited your storyline" (Act II, Scene 2)
Act II, Scene 2: In Tesla's visions of the future, Nova (Christine Teeters) is the queen of a matriarchal, utopian society (Chorus of Bees). Here, Nova's power to manifest is fading, and she says a final goodbye to Tesla ("I've inherited your storyline").