A New Music Theater Work in Three Acts
Kate Soper, Composer
Nigel Maister, Director/Librettist
Alan Pierson, Conductor with Alarm Will Sound
A 19th-century woman sails down the Nile discovering beauty and brutality in equal measure. Two Nubian brothers drown in the river, setting in motion a chain of events that will see their temple saved from a similar fate millennia later. A contemporary tourist confronts The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing on Fifth Avenue. Generations seek to control memory and secure their place in history. Inspired in part by the writings of Victorian adventurer Amelia Edwards,
I Was Here I Was I is an immersive experience, using spoken text, song, and music.
Commissioned for the Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art and The Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.
Tickets to this event include Museum admission.
All New Pre-Concert Cocktails:
A menu of limited-edition cocktails celebrating Alarm Will Sound will be available in The Petrie Court Café or The Great Hall Balcony Bar before performances. Both inspired by and named in honor of the ensemble's first performance at the Met, "The Permanent Collection" menu will feature an assortment of classic cocktails with a modern twist, available exclusively when Alarm Will Sound performs.
$1 tickets for kids (ages 7–16) are available for this concert. Children must be accompanied by an adult purchasing a full-price ticket (maximum three children's tickets per paying adult).
Image above: The Temple of Dendur, ca. 15 B.C. Aeolian Sandstone. Dimensions: L. from gate to rear of temple 24 m 60 cm (82 ft.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Given to the United States by Egypt in 1965, awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, and installed in The Sackler Wing in 1978 (68.154)
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