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War Stories

Philadelphia Premiere
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Music by Claudio Monteverdi
I Have No Stories to Tell You
Music by Lembit Beecher | Libretto by Hannah Moscovitch
Performed in Italian and English with English supertitles

A centuries-old saga of war-torn love

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One of the city's most iconic civic spaces, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is the setting for this site-specific double-bill featuring Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and I Have No Stories To Tell You, by composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch. Monteverdi’s timely 1638 tale of the Christian soldier Tancredi who battles with a Muslim soldier, actually his lover Clorinda in disguise, is staged in the museum's medieval stone cloister, with its carved limestone cornices and 12th century fountain. Beecher and Moscovitch's response to Monteverdi's masterwork, a modern tale of a returned soldier struggling to readjust to her home and haunted by her experiences, follows in the museum's soaring Great Stair Hall. Together, War Stories presents a jarring, complex view of war and its costs. 

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Sat, Sep 16 Limited Tickets 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 17 Limited Tickets 8:00 p.m.
Tue, Sep 19 Limited Tickets 8:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 21 Best Availability 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 23 Limited Tickets 8:00 p.m.

Approximately two hours and five minutes with one 20 minute intermission

Support for War Stories has been provided by William Penn Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Presser Foundation.

The Composer in Residence program is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Co-presented by Opera Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Cast & Creative Team

Cecelia Hall
Cecelia Hallas Clorinda & Sorrel
Craig Verm
Craig Vermas Tancredi & Daniel
Samuel Levine
Samuel Levine *as Testo & Noah
Sarah Tucker
Sarah Tucker *as Memory 1
Rachel Calloway
Rachel Calloway *as Memory 2
Abigail Levis
Abigail Levis *as Testo & Memory 3
Claudio Monteverdi & Lembit Beecher

The Composers

Claudio Monteverdi & Lembit Beecher

Claudio Monteverdi, (1567-1643) was an Italian composer in the late Renaissance, and the most important developer of the then new genre, the opera. He also did much to bring a “modern” secular spirit into church music. Learn more about Claudio Monteverdi. 

Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as “hauntingly lovely and deeply personal,” Lembit Beecher’s music combines alluring textures and vividly imaginative instrumental colors with a striking emotional immediacy. Learn more about Lembit Beecher.

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