Hub City Opera Presents Der Mond at the Art Library on November 12
Hub City Opera and Dance Company will present a free concert and dance performance with excerpts from Carl Orff’s opera Der Mond (The Moon) at the Rutgers Art Library on Sunday, November 12 at 5 p.m. A reception with light refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the artists will follow the performance.
Hub City Opera is a new company operating out of Highland Park, New Jersey, that draws many of its members from the Departments of Music and Dance at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts. With a core mission of promoting artistic education in schools and local communities, it brings together amateurs and professionals alike to stage performances of rare and little-known works.
The company’s first production, Der Mond, premiered in 1939 and was popular in the German-speaking world through the mid-1970s. The plot follows four young men who steal the moon from a foreign land and bring it back to their home country, which had been dark since the creation of the world. After years of tending to it, each of the men decrees that a quarter of the moon should be buried with him when he dies. Eventually, the land is returned to its former darkness. The pieces of moon are reunited in the underworld, raising the dead and causing them to carouse until the noise reaches Saint Peter in heaven. Interest piqued, Saint Peter descends to the underworld and convinces the dead to return to their graves, taking the moon away with him and hanging it up in the sky for all the children of earth to see.
While some may find the staging of an opera at a library unusual, for art librarian Megan Lotts it is a natural extension of the Art Library’s mission.
“Something that I hear nonstop in the world of art, museums, and art librarianship is the idea of access to living artists,” said Lotts. “Many people don’t have the opportunity to see or can’t afford to attend an opera, so I think this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many members of the Rutgers community.”