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Couperin & Monteverdi 'The Combat' Will Explore Interfaith Romance With 50min Outstanding Performance

By Genevieve Gatia on Mar 28, 2017 11:19 PM EDT

On the upcoming month of April, Seattle Opera will bring its second immersive production show that will be based on theatrical love experience between a Christian man and a Muslim woman. The production is likely to be called "The Combat" that will be staged in Seattle Opera's studios.

The theatrical phenomenon show was based on an Italian poet Torquato Tasso's epic poem that set during the Crusades, on Seattle Opera report. Claudio Monteverdi and Couperin will combine their works on "The Combat" to study more on how cultural identities affect the lives of two star-crossed lovers.

The "II Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" or "The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda" was a short dramatic scene of Claudio Monteverdi. According to The Seattle Times, one of Torquato Tasso book "Jerusalem Delivered" was first premiered in 1624 with its musical and emotional language which tells the life of Christian crusader and an Arab woman.

A Christian crusader falls in love with a Muslim warrior woman and changed everything since they are unaware of each others' faith. On Tasso's epic poem, the two was portrayed of having its battle helmets and when the Christian Crusader take off his helmet, then he discovered that he killed the woman he's in love with.

To make the show really inspiring with its phenomenal heartbreaking tale, Claudio Monteverdi uses three different voices and outstanding piquant harmonies. Seattle Opera 's director, Barbara Lynne Jamison thought on an idea to include Francois Couperin masterpiece "Lessons of Darkness" who deals with the destruction of Jerusalem for Claudio Monteverdi's 17 min of work.

Barbara Lynne Jamison's intention was to survey the three Abrahamic religions such as Islam, Christianity, and Judaism that becomes very ironic on how the follower fight for their faith even if it had the same core message. Meanwhile, she was hopeful to bring the opera into new exploration in deep emotions "As One" and encourage the dialogue to generate contemporary issues.

Meanwhile, the viewers were encouraged to stand for a 50-minute performance since there are only limited seats offered. The founder of Pacific Music Works in Seattle, Stephen Stubbs, Thomas Sean, Tess Altiveros and a tenor singer, Eric Neuville will be included on the opera

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TagsSeattle Opera, Theatrical show of Couperin & Monteverdi, Claudio Monteverdi, Torquato Tasso's epic poem, The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda, A Christian Crusader and A Muslim Warrior Woman, Barbara Lynne Jamison

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