Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Angel’s Bone is a new work of opera-theatre by composer Du Yun and librettist Royce Vavrek that follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. They are found battered and bruised from their long journey by a man and his wife. The married couple is in the midst of a financial crisis, they seem to have grown far apart from one another in this marriage, and the unspoken aggression between them is palpable; nevertheless, Mr. and Mrs. X.E. set out to nurse the wounded angels back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails… then lock them in a room, leaving them a claw foot bathtub for a shared bed, and decide to exploit these magical beings for wealth and personal gains.
released September 22, 2017
Mrs. X.E. – Abigail Fischer
Mr. X.E. – Kyle Pfortmiller
Girl Angel – Jennifer Charles
Boy Angel – Kyle Bielfield*
Man on the TV- Thomas McCargar
Female Customer / TV host- Melanie Russell
*Kyle Bielfield appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street-
Primary choir: Eric S. Brenner*, Timothy Hodges, Linda Lee Jones, Clifton Massey, Thomas McCargar, Scott Mello, Timothy Parsons, Melanie Russell, Jonathan Woody, *soloist
Additional vocals: Melissa Attebury, Sarah Brailey *, Paul D’Arcy, Meg Dudley, Brian Giebler, Helen Karloski, Tim Krol, Edmund Milly, Daniel Moody, *soloist
Stuart Breczinski (Oboe/English Horn), Adam Cockerham (Lute), Anna Elashvili (Violin), Stephanie Griffin (Viola), Ashley Bathgate (‘Cello), Moran Katz (Clarinet), Micah Killion (Trumpet), Ian Rosenbaum (Percussion/Drumset), Alex Sopp (Flute/Alto Flute/Bass Flute), Ben Vokits (Tuba).
Executive Producer – Trinity Wall Street
Recording, Editing, Mixing and Mastering Engineer – Marc Urselli
Associate Engineers – Sascha Van Oertzen, Gintas Norvila
Produced by Du Yun
Recorded on June 12 and 13, 2017 at National Sawdust
Angel’s Bone had its world premiere at PROTOTYPE on January 6, 2016 at 3LD Center for Art and Technology, New York
Originally commissioned by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia
Completion co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE.
World Premiere co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and Trinity Wall Street
The world premiere was supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Mary Halvorson is a genius composer and guitarist who has developed her own musical language, and with Code Girl she has incorporated poetry into that language. Incredible compositions and lyricism (each track is a different kind of poem). Halvorson's playing is as great as usual, and all the other members of the band sound great. Robert Wyatt's singing in particular works extremely well in the tracks he's featured. Highly, highly recommend. rat