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Arctic Explorations – Online Recording

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - April 21 @ 5:00 pm

This ticket is for a live-recorded concert video. The concert recording will be available beginning at 4:00PM Eastern time on Sunday, April 7 and will remain available for two weeks through April 21. Online ticket buyers will receive a link via email that enables them to view the video.

This one-act folk opera by composer Michael Dellaira, based on the best-selling 1856 book of the same name by American explorer Elisha Kent Kane, touches on themes as varied as exploration, discovery, spirituality, and our relationship to the natural world. Dellaira’s score for soloists, chorus, and a small ensemble of instruments is inspired by 19th-century American popular and folk tunes, sea shanties, and hymns. Joining us at this world premiere, a co-production with the Cell Theatre and directed by Kira Simring, will be members of The Harlem Chamber Players and Nuka Alice, an Inuit drum dancer who collaborated in the creation of the work.

Arctic Explorations Michael Dellaira
Thule, The Period of Cosmography Thomas Weelkes
Northern Passage Rogers and Small
Storyteller B. E. Boykin

For Arctic Explorations, the soloists will be:

Siarnaq: Nuka Alice
Elisha Kent Kane: Colin Levin
Margaret (Maggie) Fox: Nicole Haslett
Lady Jane Franklin: Erin Brittain
President Zachary Taylor: Michael Celentano

Watch composer Michael Dellaira and Inuk drum-dancer Nuka Alice talk about the creation of the opera and hear excerpts from last year’s workshop here.

In-person tickets for this same program are also available for Saturday, March 9th, 2024, at 7:30PM and Sunday, March 10th, 2024, at 4PM.


April 7 @ 4:00 pm
April 21 @ 5:00 pm


New Amsterdam Singers
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