Eve Apart

an Oratorio by Tim Hinck

libretto by Kip Soteres & Tim Hinck

“Imagine what the world must look like to God: a tiny spit of earth in a vast ocean of black space. Imagine what the world must look like to Eve, who having eaten of the tree of life, can never die; Eve, mother of all humans, surrounded by her children yet completely apart, different. She didn’t have a mother of her own. She wouldn’t even have a belly button. Everyone has a story about how it all began. History is just stories, but if you ask Eve to tell her side of the story, what might she tell?”

Based on the Jewish tradition of the Haggada, or scriptural commentary and embellishments, Eve Apart is a retelling of the Biblical creation story through the lens of mystical texts such as the Kabbalah and the Midrash. These texts include references to other “Eves” who were created for Adam, but were dismissed as inadequate. Eve Apart is an oratorio that can be semi-staged and augmented with video projection and light design as desired for a specific style of production. An early version of Eve Apart was premiered in Pittsburgh, PA in 2015; and subsequent performances have been presented in staged and concert versions.

duration: 65 minutes

Cast:

Eve – Coloratura Mezzo
Adam – Lyric Baritone
Serpent – Tenor (Musical Theatre)
Lilith – Dramatic Coloratura Soprano
Nameless Second – Lyric Coloratura Soprano

Chorus: minimum 12 persons (24+ preferred)

Orchestra:
Flutes I & II (doubling piccolo)
Oboes I & II
Clarinets in I (Bb) & II (A)
Bassoons I & II (doubling contra)
Horns in F I & II
Trumpets in Bb I & II
Trombone
Tuba
Full String Section
Timpani
Percussion I, II & III

Preview Clips (from 2019 workshop concert performance featuring the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers, The Figment Chamber Ensemble, Sara Snider Schone & Ivy Roberts (sopranos), Thomas West (baritone), and Michael Marin-Howard (tenor):

 

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