October 2016
Gregg Kallor's

The Tell-Tale Heart

The Crypt Chapel of the Church of the Intercession

Unison Media & The Crypt Sessions presents, a collaboration with On Site Opera
the world premiere of Gregg Kallor’s

The Tell-Tale Heart

When you’re pianist/composer Gregg Kallor, instead of celebrating Halloween with a $5 mask and one too many Kit Kats, you give the world premiere of your new musical rendition of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart for piano and mezzo-soprano-slash-rockstar Elizabeth Pojanowski. A collaboration with On Site Opera, the The Tell-Tale Heart features a semi-staging by director Sarah Meyers. Oh, and if you’re Gregg then you also perform your cello sonata, Undercurrent, with cello superstar Joshua Roman – just for good measure.

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  • The starkly simple production by Sarah Meyers, which placed Pojanowski in the merciless glare of a single spotlight, proved one of the most effective stagings I’ve seen from the always-inventive On Site Opera.

    The Observer
  • Here, director Sarah Meyers added strategic lighting to the dark vaults of the crypt, along with a minimal acting surface and a simple chair. That, plus the accompaniment of Mr. Kallor and Mr. Roman was enough to create the sheer psychological terror of Poe’s tale, as sung by mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Pojanowski.

  • Both director and performer made wise use of this performance space. Special mention should also be made of the lighting design by Shawn Kaufman, which included the clever deployment of a manipulated spotlight to highlight the narrator’s creepy obsession with the old man’s eye.

    Parterre Box

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