Overtone Industries to Present Third Annual ‘Original Vision’

By Afton Wooten

Overtone Industries, a genre-bending opera-theater company, is set to host “Original Vision: Leveling,” its third annual presentation of workshops from developing composers and librettists.

The “Original Vision” project focuses on encouraging and guiding composers and librettists to develop their unique visions in an authentic, boundary-breaking environment. The project consists of a six-week workshop period with dedicated mentorship from Overtone’s leadership. Everything culminates in a one-night presentation of new opera-theater scenes performed by Overtone’s creative team.

Featured this year is the work of five award-winning artists including composers, folk musicians, playwrights and electronic musicians grouped into three teams. Each team presents a scene where a new, mythic world is presented through opera. Audiences will enjoy “Ransom Place” by Daniel Hass and Jameel Martin, “The Joining” by Aiden Feltkamp and Issac Io Schankler, and “Fay at Begonia” by Maesa Pullman.

The scenes are brought to life by Molly Pease, Angelica Rowell, Paul Chwe Minchul An, and Kion Heidari. They are accompanied by Brightwork newmusic. All three pieces are directed by O-Lan Jones, with music direction by Fahad Siadat.

“Original Vision: Leveling” takes place on Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at Teatro Frida Kahlo. Immediately following the workshops, guests are invited to stay for a reception featuring singer-songwriter Maesa Pullman.