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World Premiere
Music by Rene Orth
Libretto by Kanika Ambrose

Journey towards joy and rebirth with TakTakShoo, the first Digital Commission of Season 2 on the Opera Philadelphia Channel. This World Premiere fuses opera and K-pop, marimba, electronics and dance, to create an eclectic sound and movement world.

Composed by Rene Orth, a graduate of Opera Philadelphia’s Composer in Residence program, with a libretto by playwright Kanika Ambrose, TakTakShoo stars mezzo-soprano Kristen Choi as an energizing life force inviting people to come into the world anew, and is directed by Emmy Award-nominated director and choreographer Jeffrey L. Page and filmed by Four/Ten Media.

Available at youtube.com.

Available with Audio Description at youtube.com.


Fri, Nov 19 8:00 p.m.

Approximately 10 minutes

The Digital Commissions Series is underwritten by Mr. Allen D. Black and Mr. R. Randolph Apgar.

Cast & Creative Team

Rene Orth
Rene OrthComposer
Kanika Ambrose
Kanika AmbroseLibrettist
Jeffrey L. Page
Jeffrey L. PageDirector & Choreographer
Kristen Choi
Kristen ChoiMezzo-soprano
Elyse Starlett Browning
Elyse Starlett BrowningDancer
Daniel Dante Palladino
Daniel Dante PalladinoDancer
Roderick Phifer
Roderick PhiferDancer
Ani Gavino
Ani GavinoDancer
Ralph Sorrentino
Ralph SorrentinoPercussion
  • Four/Ten Media Video Production & Post-Production
  • Robert Kaplowitz Sound Design
  • Millie Hiibel Costume, Hair & Make-up Designer
  • Sarah Williams Creative Producer
Rene Orth

The Composer

Rene Orth

Rene Orth is a composer who "breaks new ground" (Opera News), writing music described as “...always dramatic, reflective, rarely predictable, and often electronic” (Musical America).  Her music focuses on dramatic and lyrical storytelling, and she takes a keen interest in blending electronic soundscapes and beats with acoustic music.  She recently completed her three-year tenure as Composer-in-Residence for Opera Philadelphia, and she is collaborating with librettist Hannah Moscovitch on 10 Days in a Madhouse, a new opera based on the extraordinary story of reporter Nellie Bly admitting herself to a women’s sanatorium in 19th century New York, to premiere in Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O. Learn more at reneorth.com.

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