MATA HARI

Mata Hari is an exploration of love and survival of the famous woman whose exploits in espionage took her back and forth across WWI Europe and ultimately made her a scapegoat. Mata Hari is a hybrid work that pushes the operatic form with its electro-acoustic instrumentation, mixed vocal styles, physical theatre, manipulated video design, and melding of historical materials.
Set in a Paris prison during the final months of her life, Mata Hari relives her tempestuous relationships with the men who loved and loathed her, and ultimately destroyed her.

“Bracingly unsentimental…Mr. Marks’s most striking innovation is a bold mix of vocal styles…the different sonic worlds came together poignantly…Mr. Peers’s smart libretto adopts a process that peels away his title character’s contradictions, unreliable memories, half-lies and compromising admissions in a way that subtly notches up the pathos”
Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times

“Absorbing, finely-crafted…opera, at its best, is a form that can dispatch narrative and dramatic complications with a single melody or modulation, and Mata Hari is full of intelligent dramatic thinking and fine musical craft”
George Grella, New York Classical Review

“Mata Hari, a speaking role played by a commanding Tina Mitchell, gains our sympathy with ease…Mary Mackenzie as the crass nun, and the only other female performer and only female singing voice, wins our support, too, by being the sole supporter of our persecuted hero. Every performer has moments to shine, and the stylistically mixed music by Matt Marks provides a welcome variety to the score. It lives by its own rules, just as Mata Hari did”
Rachel Karp, Contemporary Performance

Composer

Matt Marks

Librettist/Director

Paul Peers

Lead Artist

Tina Mitchell

Conductor

David Bloom

Scenic Designer

Neal Wilkinson

Light Designer

Lucrecia Briceno

Projection Designer

David Palmer

Costume Designer

Oana Botez

Sound Engineer

Isaac Jones

Choreographer

Anabella Lenzu

Stage Manager

Aislinn Curry

Cast

Mata Hari

Tina Mitchell

Sister Léonide

Mary MacKenzie

Cpt. Bouchardon

Jeffrey Gavett

Cpt. Ladoux

Daniel Neer

MacLeod/Col. Denvignes

Steve Hrycelak

Vadime/Spirit of Norman

Tomás Cruz

Col. Von Kalle

Joshua Jeremiah

Orchestra

Electric Guitar

James Moore

Piano

Mila Henry

Violin

Helen Yee

Accordion

Kamala Sankaram

Mata Hari was commissioned and developed by HERE through the HERE Artist Residency Program. The world premiere is produced for PROTOTYPE by HERE and Beth Morrison Projects.  Additional developmental support provided by Baruch Performing Arts Center.

Mata Hari is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Production History

Premiere Season:
5th -14th January, 2017 at HERE’s Mainstage Theatre, New York City

Website

http://prototypefestival.org/shows/mata-hari/

Photography

Derek Tickner

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