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Song of The Turtledove

A World Music Chamber Opera
Freely Adapted from the Biblical Song of Songs

Song of the Turtledove
  • Credits Adaptation and English Lyrics - Noa Ain
    Music - Noa Ain and Gerard Edery
    Arrangements - Gerard Edery

    Music Direction - Gerard Edery
    Stage Direction - Noa Ain

    He - Gerard Edery
    She - Meredith Greenberg / Celine Mogielnicki
    Shekinah - Solange Merdinian

    Flamenco And Classical Guitar, Saz - Gerard Edery
    Baritone Sax - Zach Mayer
    Celtic Fiddle - Lily Pearlman

A woman dreams of love and through the depths of her longing, love comes. Passion is celebrated culminating in a wedding ceremony that unites the lovers.

Weaving Sephardic, Flamenco, Jazz and Eastern European Hebraic traditions, the audience is slowly enveloped in an atmosphere both erotic and exotic. A  tapestry that becomes an unending song of joy.

Song of The Turtledove was developed at the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theater Festival and presented at Premieres Music-Theatre Festival at Lincoln Center in NYC.

An exotic mix of classical, jazz and flamenco with music by Sephardic Musical Heritage Award-winner, Gerard Edery, and a libretto and music by Stephen Sondheim Award-winner, Noa Ain.—Backstage


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Noa Ain

Noa AinKnown as a composer/librettist/lyricist of music-theater works, opera and song cycle, Noa’s work has been produced by Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Houston Grand Opera, Merkin Hall, American Music Theater Festival, and Teatr Stu in Krakow, Poland. Noa has worked with some of the most acclaimed directors of the 20th century, such as Joe Chaiken, Hilary Blecher, George Faison, Martha Clarke, Krzysztof Jasinski and Henryk Baranowski. She has won 15 awards from ASCAP, the first of which was for Best New Composer on Broadway, as well as the Stephen Sondheim Award and an Obie Award.

Gerard Edery

Gerard-Poland#16Born in Casablanca and raised in Paris and New York City, Gerard graduated from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in operatic performance. Widely regarded as a master singer and guitarist, Gerard has at his command a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions from around the world. A leading folklorist, he is one of the world’s foremost experts in the music of the Sephardic Diaspora and a recipient of the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and a Meet the Composer grant for his original songs. In addition to his busy concert schedule, he has released 16 albums on the Sefarad Records label as well as a much-acclaimed Sephardic songbook.