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FULL Lilith (Davis) San Diego 2009 Cynthia Aaronson-Davis, Susan Narucki, Ruff Yeager

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Lilith is derived from the mythical first woman, Eve’s predecessor in
the Garden of Eden, and her insistence on equality with Adam. Rather
than compromise her status and her existential powers which rivaled the angels,
Lilith sprouts wings and flies away. In the Middle Ages, the threat of Lilith
was rendered darkly in various superstitions about child abductions and fears
of miscarriage – vengeful acts attributed to Lilith.

Davis’s opera moves between the ancient myth and a dangerous modern version
of the Adam/Eve/Lilith triangle, where Adam is rendered as an attorney named
Arnold, Eve contemporized as his wife Eppy, and Lilith becomes an interloper
named Claire who threatens their marriage and their young son. The opera
also addresses the ironic ever-changing image of Lilith through history, from the
mysterious, dark-haired, winged creature of ancient mythology to the irresistible
blonde sex goddess as portrayed in 20th century media ranging from Jean Harlow
and other Hollywood femme fatales to the rock stars Madonna and Shakira

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  1. Composer: Anthony Davis
    Lilith/Claire: Cynthia Aaronson-Davis,
    Eve/Eppy: Susan Narucki,
    Adam/Arnold: Ruff Yeager,
    The voice: Philip Larson,
    Earl: Jonah Davis


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