October 29, 2009
Hildegurls: Electric Ordo Virtutum CD
Hildegurls: Electric Ordo Virtutum, is up for a Grammy Nomination for Best Classical Album. Adapted from Hildegard von Bingen‘s 12th c. Ordo Virtutum for 21st c audiences, the work itself premiered at the Lincoln Center Festival 1998, in co-production with American Opera Projects. The production was conceived and directed by former AOP Artistic Director Grethe Barrett Holby, working alongside composers-performers Lisa Bielawa, Kitty Brazelton, Eve Beglarian, and Elaine Kaplinsky. The CD was released by Innova this past May, under the direction of Innova Director Philip Blackburn.
Members of NARAS voted on the semi-finalists on October 9th, and the final nominees will be announced in December. The CD is on sale through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the like. The CD contains an annotated libretto with translation from the original latin along with scene breakdowns and explanations, and extraordinary photographs of the Lincoln Center Festival production.
READ REVIEW OF HILDEGURLS CD
December 5, 2008
Composer Tarik O’Regan‘s choral CD Threshold of Night (Harmonia Mundi) has been nominated for 2 Grammys for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards – Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance!
The NJ Star Ledger recently gave a 4-star review to the album, describing it as “…some of the most strikingly beautiful secular choral works of recent years.” Read full review.
O’Regan’s first opera Heart of Darkness, based on the Joseph Conrad novella with a libretto by artist Tom Phillips, is currently in development with AOP and was most recently workshopped in London in partnership with OperaGenesis and the Royal Opera House. O’Regan will present excerpts from his newest AOP opera-in-development The Wanton Sublime, based on the book by Darkling poet Anna Rabinowitz, at the Guggenheim Museum in January. Click here for more info on the January presentation.
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will take place on February 8, 2009. It will be broadcast on CBS in the United States at 8PM EST.