Burtterfly's Trouble

Butterfly's Trouble is Ray Luedeke's amazing English language re-invention for seven performers of Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly and of David Belasco's play Madame Butterfly. This gripping "pocket opera-cabaret" uses just one actor, two singers, and four instrumentalists to tell a moving story of tragic love and a clash of cultures.

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Kafka Shorts

Kafka Shorts is Ray Luedeke's original music-theater piece for 2 actors and live string quartet. Using as its text the intriguing Parables of Franz Kafka. the 2 actors represent
Kafka himself and his literary creation, Gregor Samsa, the anti-hero of Kafka's famous story Metamorphosis. About 40 minutes in length, Kafka Shorts can be presented on a program with standards from the string quartet literature.
Music Video

Part I Part II Part III Part IV

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The Art of Love

The Art of Love is Ray Luedeke's original, virtuosic score for two pianos, actor and visuals with a text adapted from Ovid's infamous manual, banned for two thousand years. This show is by turn wildly funny and then dead serious, but always riveting and entertaining – all in the name of Love. Or is it Lust? .
Music Video:
Selections with visuals by J. Obsadny
Selections with R. Hurwitz visuals
Selections at Symphony Space
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My Life with Pablo Neruda Based entirely on the poetry of Pablo Neruda and on material from the memoirs of Matilde Urrutia, My Life with Pablo Neruda tells one of the the great love stories of the past century. A pocket opera-cabaret in four acts written for 2 singers, 2 actors and the 4 musicians of a tango band, My Life with Pablo Neruda may be performed either in English or in Spanish.
Music Video from NYC and Ontario:
A workshop at Niagara on the Lake
At the Flamboyán Theater NYC
Widower's Tango
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The Magical singing Drum The Magical Singing Drum
Using a traditional story from East/Central Africa, Raymond Luedeke, Toronto/New York composer, and Joseph Ashong, master drummer from Ghana, have woven together elements of traditional African music and dance with more contemporary sounds to create a unique blend that will delight audiences of all ages.
Music Video:
Selections from 2 Productions

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Close Embrace Close Embrace - A multi-media tango cabaret

Voice Afire's Tango Cabaret is a unique blend of the traditional and the non-traditional.While a master of ceremonies leads us through a narrative exploring the "heart and soul" of tango, a tango dance team performs to the music of our four piece "tango nuevo" band. Our band performs adaptations made from original recordings by the Buenos Aires tango orchestras of 1930-1950, the Golden Age of tango, as our dancers perform in the "close embrace" style of tango, the style danced in the salons of present day Buenos Aires. The show also features a multi-media tango ballet, Tango Dreams, with original music and videography by Ray Luedeke.
Music Video:
1. Selections from Close Embrace
2. Sur
3. Mi Buenos aires Querido
4. Mi Noche Triste
5. Tango Dreams
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Circus Terrifico Circus Terrifico, an hour long show for the whole family, is a whimsical and poignant comedy featuring Tchaikovsky's soaring ballet scores and original music by composer Ray Luedeke. It makes audiences of all ages laugh out loud and leave with a (big, clownish) smile!
A combined production with Motus O Dance Theatre, Circus Terrifico can be performed with
live symphony orchestra or with recorded music. Performed with the signature MOTUS O physicality and humour, see for yourself how a little magic, some juggling, tight-rope walking and fortune-telling can fulfill every child's fantasy to 'run off and join the circus!'
Music Videos:
Selections for Act I (Circus Music)
From Act II Sleeping Beauty
From Act II Swan Lake
From Act II The Nutcracker
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Wild Flowers Wild Flowers

with music by Ray Luedeke and a libretto by Sean Dixon, is a 2 act chamber opera based on the Grimm Brothers story Iron Hans. Featuring a "Wild Man" and a Prince and a Princess, the story is a magical evocation of what it means to "grow up." With an important role for a children's chorus, the cast includes a solo boy soprano and parts for 4 adult soloists: soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass. The orchestration is for 9 players.
MP3 Act I
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The Art of Love

The Art of Love is Ray Luedeke's original, virtuosic score for two pianos, actor and visuals with a text adapted from Ovid's infamous manual, banned for two thousand years. This show is by turn wildly funny and then dead serious, but always riveting and entertaining – all in the name of Love. Or is it Lust? .
Music Video:
Selections with visuals by J. Obsadny
Selections with R. Hurwitz visuals
Selections at Symphony Space
more about the Show and the Performers

The Art of Love

The Art of Love is Ray Luedeke's original, virtuosic score for two pianos, actor and visuals with a text adapted from Ovid's infamous manual, banned for two thousand years. This show is by turn wildly funny and then dead serious, but always riveting and entertaining – all in the name of Love. Or is it Lust? .
Music Video:
Selections with visuals by J. Obsadny
Selections with R. Hurwitz visuals
Selections at Symphony Space
more about the Show and the Performers

Daniil KharmsIn Kharms Way explores the outrageous, absurdly comical, occasionally obscene, and ultimately sublime world of Russia's iconic master of the absurd, Daniil Kharms (1905-42).
Composer Ray Luedeke has crafted 19 of Daniil Kharms original vignettes into a five act play for 2 actors and set the play to music for string quartet.

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