Under the Support of Israeli Embassy in Ukraine
"Here Comes Messiah!" by Mátti Kovle, a Russian-born Israeli-American composer,was first commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the Golijov/UpshawWorkshop.
It is a mono-opera that follows a young woman in the process of giving birth— moving from comedy to revelation.
The work’s libretto by Janice Silverman Rebibo brings together several layers of text. One is colloquial - a monologue in English of a young woman on the verge of giving birth. Another is poetical - passages from Yeats's poem The Second Coming. A third is mythical - a Psalm in its original Hebrew, using its traditional Hasidicniggun (a sacred and evocative melody).
"Here Comes Messiah!" follows a young woman through three stages that culminate in giving birth. In the hospital soon to give birth, she is accosted by “chattering behind her back”. She insists all is normal and as it should be.
"Hes Comes Messiah! had a folk touch: a graceful setting of Pelia, a Hasidic song based on a Psalm text."
The New York Times
Soprano Reut Rivka, who performs the main part,has graduated Cum Laude from The Jerusalem Music Academy studying under the tutelage of Miriam Meltzer. After studying with Mrs. Efrat Bin-Nun and and Mrs. Larissa Totuev in Tel Aviv, she continued her studies in The Netherlands, specializing in Early Music singing and Baroque performance practice.Her past engagements include appearances as soloist at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam and Dutch National Opera, Anton Philipszaal The Hague, The Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin, The Jerusalem Music Center (JMC), Heichal Hatarbut with the Israeli Philharmonic in Tel Aviv, the Tel Aviv museum with the Israeli Camerata orchestra, Het Bethaniën Klooster (Amsterdam) with the Van Swieten Society and numerous theaters in
The Netherlands and abroad.
Mátti Kovler is a Russian-born Israeli-American composer and creator of new music theatre works.Is described as “a potentially estimable operatic composer in the making,” (New York Times).
Kovler’s music has been commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center, the Carnegie Hall and the Israel Festival. His orchestral works have been performed worldwide by the Israel Philharmonic, the Fox Studios Symphony (Los Angeles), the Metropole Orchestra (Amsterdam), the American Composers Orchestra (New York), the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and others.
The other symphonic works performed during the event will include Mátti Kovler’s Cokboy(A Jew Among the Indians), whichis a highly personal setting of a highly personal, and also political, poem by the New York-born poet Jerome Rothenberg (b.1931).