Star Trek Opera: Menagerie -- the Trial of Spock
Menagerie--the Trial of Spock, An Opera in Three Acts Based on the Star Trek Teleplay by Gene Roddenberry
At this free workshop performance, you'll hear UCSC faculty Sheila Willey and Emily Sinclair in the powerful soprano roles of this gender-reversed 'Orpheus' story, featuring a talented undergraduate orchestra, led by alumnus conductor William Long. Alumnus Aleksey Bogdanov is in the role of Captain Kirk. Ben Leeds Carson, a UCSC faculty member and Provost of Kresge College, wrote the music, and co-wrote the libretto with Lincoln Taiz and Lee Taiz.
In the last year, actor and director John de Lancie joined the writing/directing team. You may know John as "Q" from Star Trek, Next Generation, but he's since become an acclaimed theater and opera director (Atlanta Opera, San Antonio Opera). He'll be here this month as UCSC's theatrical director, and will be available after the show for a Q & A.
Directed by John de Lancie with Conductor and Music Director William Long
Music by Ben Leeds Carson
Libretto by Lincoln and Lee Talz, and B. Carson, with John de Lancie and Perre di Carlo
Spock - David Cushing
Kirk - Aleksey Bogdanov
Tor - Sheila Willey
Vina - Emily Sinclair
McCoy - Adam Caughey
Sulu - Elliot Nguyen
Image Credit: "Spock and Kirk" Tommervik, oil on canvas 16" x 24"
Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 7:30pm
Music Center Recital Hall
400 McHenry Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064