‘TESLA’ Opera to Make World Premiere This Fall

By David Salazar

After some struggle for financing, the new “Tesla” opera is set for its world premiere this September.

Co-written by composer Carson Kievman and playwright Thomas Babe with support from Mark David Needle, “TESLA” will make its first-ever appearance on a stage on Sept. 28, 2017, at the Colony Theater. Kievman dedicated 31 years to studying the character of Tesla in preparation for this very work, which will also feature such prominent real-life figures as J.P. Morgan, George Westinghouse, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, and Charles Proteus Steinmetz.

The opera relates the inventor’s decision to walk away from his greatest invention in order to avoid destroying the world.

Back in May, Carson Kievman and SoBe Art were working hard to put together finishing funds for the project, with the hopes of managing $5,000 in June. The Kickstarter campaign was a success, managing to get a total of 22 backers to put together over $5,200 for the project.