On May 17th and 19th, the opera ‘To Be Sung’ by Pascal Dusapin, stage directed by Jorinde Keesmaat, will be performed at the Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO) in New York. Jorinde Keesmaat is a freelance stage director of opera performances and staged classical concerts in the Netherlands and abroad. She is currently a Guest Director-in-Residence at CCO.
To Be Sung’ is an opera in one act. The libretto was adapted by the composer from a short story by Gertrude Stein; “A Lyrical Opera Made By Two (To Be Sung)”. As M. Dusapin states, “this is my tribute to American literature. ‘To Be Sung’ is an ambitious piece. I wanted to write something amniotic, extremely sensitive, that situates listening within an almost metaphysical feeling of understanding through light, that demands to be heard through the mystery of the eye.”