This weekend, the Massachusetts-based Alchemical Opera Project presents Come and Sleep: An Operatic Fantasy for Voice, Cello, and Silence. The piece mashes Shubert's "Winterreise (Winter's Journey)"; poetry by Pablo Neruda, Robert Hass, and Mary Oliver; and Japanese folklore all together. Director and performer Todd Trebour is trained in both opera and physical theater/movement, and says the show originally stemmed from his desire to create a piece based on the Shubert song cycle. As he developed the project, he incorporated elements of Japanese folklore, specifically the character of the fox who gains the ability to shape-change when he turns 50. "This piece is telling the story of my own struggles with place, identity, and remaining," Trebour says. For the Fox's voice, Trebour uses Neruda's poetry because to him it's simple, clear, contemporary, and laden with images of nature and longing for home. He created the piece with cellist Rachel Capon, and the two will perform the show together with Capon playing the cello and Trebour doing all the movement and singing (usually simultaneously).
Fri., Aug. 26, 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 28, 7 p.m., 2011