SoBe Arts promotes excellence, creativity, and accessibility of the arts through performance events of the highest quality, in music and related artistic disciplines. The Institute is committed to the sustained development of creativity and cultural life in individuals, the region and the nation by advancing artistic talents, regardless of income. A major goal is to cultivate new audiences for the fine arts.
SoBe Arts presents: TESLA, an interdisciplinary opera about the exceptional life and brilliant inventions of Nikola Tesla.
The opera, narrated by Mark Twain, reveals that Tesla was responsible for developing one of the single greatest inventions of all time: the AC electrical current. Tesla's legendary battles with Thomas Edison and their connections with George Westinghouse, JP Morgan, and Albert Einstein are woven into a libretto written by the late playwright, Thomas Babe, and composer, Carson Kievman.
Realizing that his many inventions were fossil fuel-consuming, Tesla, a true visionary, gave away a vast number of patents and went to work on a device that would connect humanity to the very wheelwork of nature and allow the extraction of free energy for all.
This work will not only bring Tesla into focus as one of the 20th century's greatest geniuses, but will contribute to raising awareness of the dangers of living unsustainably, as Tesla predicted over a century
The World Premiere of "TESLA" took place at the Colony Theater Miami Beach Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2017.
The critics said:
"the music and drama flow organically and effectively" "The scene at Tesla’s Colorado Lab where an explosion takes place while Tesla and Marie are having sex produced heat in more ways than one" South Florida Classical Review
"the score features a restless, intense, sometimes minimalist musical language that drives relentlessly forward without much respite, mirroring the devotion and passion that Tesla himself exhibited throughout his life." Palm Beach Arts Paper
"Obviously, who claimed that time would tell the truth and evaluate his contemporaries because the future, for which he really worked, belonged to him is tempting (but thorny) protagonist for a contemporary opera. And Kievman takes the story of genius as a sort of Monte Rushmore of American science facing on the scene as the center of his most ambitious opera to date." Miami Clásica
The premiere is currently being streamed in High Def, at http://www.tiltedglobe.com/tesla
For more info go to: http://sobearts.org/tesla
SoBe Arts' 12th season of high quality cutting-edge music, music-theater and multimedia events provided for free or at low cost to attract diverse new audiences.
SoBe Arts is delighted to be expanding our reach to include new venues and additional municipalities within the greater Miami-Dade County area. Diverse, innovative, and high-caliber events, all drawing on the talents of both local arts professionals and world-class visiting artists:
- 4 world-premiere performances of TESLA, a new multidisciplinary opera.
- 'Open Friday' concerts featuring local, national and international artists. Concerts to be programmed include cutting edge new works (such as "Musical Tribute to JFK"), 20th/21st century masterworks (such as "Quartet for the End of Time") and traditional music in unusual contexts (such as "Mozart Serenades by Candlelight").
- free 'Art Speaks' introducing themes of upcoming concerts and stage productions.
- Workshops and masterclasses for youth and local artists related to our professional events.