World Premiere Fire Opera: MACHINE Tickets Now Available at Bay Area Industrial Art School

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Director Mark Streshinsky, composer Clark Suprynowicz, conductor Barnaby Palmer and baritone Eugene Brancoveanu head the list of top talent from the Bay Area opera world who have joined forces with The Crucible to present this January’s fire opera: MACHINE. The Crucible is now selling tickets for this exclusive show, set to debut on January 11, 2012.

MACHINE is set in a fiery industrial universe in which workers have sold themselves into a lifetime of servitude. When one worker regains his power of self-determination, the story ignites into an explosive brew of escape plots, alliances and unlikely love interests.

This spectacular performance features five opera singers, a rock singer and percussionists who “play” the scaffolding-like set. Visual effects including a molten metal pour, fire performers and industrial artists, such as glass blowers and blacksmiths. MACHINE will deliver the kind of awe-inspiring performance that Crucible audiences have come to expect.

“I’m incredibly excited about working with some of the Bay Area’s top opera talent,” said Steven Young, Crucible Executive Director. “MACHINE is going to be a breathtaking, world-class opera, and I’m thrilled that The Crucible is part of bringing the work to life.”

Conceived and directed for The Crucible stage by Mark Streshinsky—who previously collaborated on Dracul and Firebird—MACHINE is based on the short story “Deus Ex Machina” by science fiction author Derek J. Goodman.

The music of MACHINE was composed by Clark Suprynowicz, who is well-known in the Bay area for his rock- and jazz-infused opera and symphonic compositions. Suprynowicz’s riveting score features seven percussionists alongside both classical and rock instrumentalists. Barnaby Palmer will provide musical direction.

“I love the multi-faceted stimuli I get from working with such creative and inventive people,” said Eugene Brancoveanu, MACHINE lead baritone. “They push the envelope of imagination. It is truly inspiring.”

The musicians, who inhabit the machine, perform as the workers of the factory in the story. Suprynowicz’s score reinforces the virile voice of baritone Eugene Brancoveanu, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “extravagantly gifted with unforced charisma, vocal clarity and heft.”

Sung in English, MACHINE takes full advantage of the industrial surroundings of Crucible’s 56,000-square-foot education facility, with its professionally designed multi-level stage that will—of course—be alive with flame.

This performance celebrates the 12th anniversary of Crucible’s education programs. It not only allows the organization to promote its mission, it also raises funds to keep the industrial arts fires burning for the educational enjoyment of the community’s next generation of artists. General admission tickets can be purchased at for performances on January 11 to 14 and January 18 to 20, 2012—and a special Closing Night Gala scheduled for January 21. Prices are $45 for Wednesday and Thursday night performances, $55 for Friday night performances, $65 for Saturday night performances, and $150 for the Closing Night Gala.

Performances will take place at The Crucible’s 56,000-square-foot Bay Area metal fabrication and industrial arts education facility, located at 1260 7th Street in Oakland, just two blocks from the West Oakland BART station.

This production has been made possible with support from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, and the East Bay Community Foundation’s Fund for Artists.

For more information, call (510) 250-3687 or go to

About The Crucible The Crucible is an educational facility that offers Bay Area art classes in the fine and industrial arts to people at all skill levels and original Bay Area team building events. What started in 1999 in an empty 6,000 square-foot warehouse in Berkeley has now grown to a 56,000 square-foot building in the heart of West Oakland. They offer imaginative and constructive Bay Area kids activities.

The Crucible offers instruction in industrial and fine art for every level from beginning and intermediate to advanced levels in formats ranging from three-hour tasters to ten-week programs. Prices vary by course and duration. Class fees include tuition, studio fees, materials, tool access and safety training. There are no shopping lists for supplies or hidden costs.


Jennifer Harrity
The Crucible