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Before King Midas got gold fever, he is said to have judged a musical contest between old-school songsmiths Apollo and Pan. We’re not sure whether composer Kamran Ince came to this story through the lore of his ancestors from Turkey (where the contest was said to be held) or because he wanted to take “American Idol” back to its roots. But we are sure this is a knockout idea for an opera, and others agree. Calling the project Judgment of Midas, Ince will turn to his frequent collaborator, Present Music, to premiere the work as a semi-staged concert. A collaboration with Milwaukee Opera Theatre, it features nearly 40 performers. Music on a grand operatic scale indeed.
Judgment of Midas (April 12-13). Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., 414-271-0711, presentmusic.org.