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The Cave: a multimedia opera by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot

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Who was Abraham? Who was Hagar? The Cave is a multimedia opera in three acts that strives to answer these questions from the perspective of three faith groups: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The title refers to The Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron where, according to tradition, Abraham, Sarah, and other patriarchs are buried. The Cave of the Patriarchs is an anomaly: it is one of the few places held sacred by Muslims, Jews and Christians, and where all groups feel free to pray.

The music and a major part of the libretto in the opera is derived directly from spoken responses from Israeli, Palestinian and American interviewees who interviewed about their understanding of the story of Abraham. Mixed media elements include live music, film and sound tracks that incorporate readings of religious texts and ambient noise from inside the Cave itself.

The music is by Steve Reich and the English libretto by videographer Beryl Korot. It was first performed in 1993 in Vienna by the Steve Reich Ensemble. The opera uses recorded speech as a source for melodies, a technique that Steve Reich first used in the 1988

Director: Jonny Danciger

Music Director: Hannah Schneider

Vocalists: Emily Brown Gibson, Margaret Frainier, William Anderson, Lucas Tse

Creators: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot

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