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Christopher Cerrone’s widely acclaimed opera, INVISIBLE CITIES, a 2014 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Music, is now available as a studio recording produced, engineered, mastered, and mixed by Nick Tipp. The recording is released by The Industry, LA’s home for new and experimental opera, on its new independent record label, The Industry Records.

Adapted from Italo Calvino’s 1972 fantastical novel, Cerrone’s delicate, quiet score explores sonic qualities of decay and lushness with a haunting simplicity through the use of found objects as instruments and pre-recorded voices interweaving with live voices.

*This new reissued box set contains the filmed version of this landmark production shot in Union Station.*

The opera imagines a meeting of the emperor Kublai Khan at the end of his life with the explorer Marco Polo. And the story depicts a host of fantastical cities that the explorer Marco Polo narrates to Kublai Khan: unreal cities of desire, of memory, of the imagination and mind.

"A beautiful and delicate opera." Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times

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released May 15, 2017

Music and libretto by Christopher Cerrone
Based on the novel by Italo Calvino

Produced, Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Nick Tipp
Conducted by Marc Lowenstein

Cedric Berry -- Kublai Khan
Ashley Faatoalia -- Marco Polo
Delaram Kamareh -- Woman 1
Ashley Knight -- Woman 2
Maria Elena Altany, Stephen Anastasia, Sarah Beaty, Cale Olson -- Ensemble

Matt Barbier - Trombone
Eric KM Clark - Violin
Andrew McIntosh - Viola
Jodie Landau - Percussion
Clare Longendyke - Piano II
Jillian Risigari-Gai - Harp
Derek Stein - Cello
Richard Valitutto - Piano I
Brian Walsh - Clarinet
Sarah Wass - Flute
Jacob Wilder - Horn

Executive Producer Yuval Sharon
CD Graphic Design and Packaging by Traci Larson
DVD Graphic Design by Daniel Anderson

Based on the novel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. © 1972 by Italo Calvino. Used by permission of the Wylie Agency LLC

This recording of Invisible Cities was made possible with grants from
the Copland Recording Fund and New Music USA. Additional support
was generously provided by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting.



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