‘Judith’ to Make Milan Premiere

By Afton Wooten

The one-woman performance of “Judith” is set to make its Milan premiere at Teatro No’hma, Teresa Pomodoro.

The work is based on Béla Bartók’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.” “Judith” explores the theme of opera as a ceremony and healing process, drawing from the healing aspects of ancient Greek theatre. It includes music by Bartók, Jakob Huuge, Arvo Pärt, with words by Béla Balázs, Neale Donald Walsch, and Joseph S. Benner. It made its world premiere at Tête à Tête in 2023.

Geoff Clapham provides vocals, with pianist Konstantinos Papadakis. Leonora Gaitanou serves as the creator and stage director. In a press release, the Gaitanou says, “This performance is dedicated to Mahsa Amini, who was killed because she let her hair free. This is a performance for every woman’s quest to be heard, giving voice to every soul who seeks to be heard.”

Performances of “Judith” take place on June 19 and 20.