Operamission To Present C&V Developed Work “Antinous and Hadrian”

August 6, 2013

August 6, 2013

Newantinous-louvre-crop York-based operamission will present ‘Creating the Work: Antinous and Hadrian’ in collaboration with Queer Urban Orchestra on August 28, 29, and September 7, 2013. This three-part series gives audiences the chance to follow the reading of a new opera from rehearsals through performance. Around 35-45 minutes of music will be examined each session by a rotating cast of singers led by tenor Tommy Wazelle as “Antinous” and bass Cory Clines as “Hadrian”. Antinous and Hadrian tells the story of the Roman emperor Hadrian and his love for the Greek youth Antinous, upon whose death the distraught emperor had proclaimed a god. It was developed during composer Clint Borzoni’s fellowship at the American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice (C&V) program. Librettist Edward Ficklin and conductor Jennifer Peterson are also alums of the program. Performances will be at The Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue at 28th Street, New York City.

April line-up for “Opera Grows in Brooklyn” announced

March 11, 2010

Opera Grows in BrooklynTom Cipullo, Nico Muhly, and a collection of Composers & the Voice alums will be the next to join the rosters of composers to participate in the Opera Grows in Brooklyn series.  The show will be held on Friday, April 16 at 8pm at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students/seniors) at www.galapagosartspace.com and they tend to sell out, so buy early!

Opera Grows in Brooklyn is an ongoing collaboration between American Opera Projects and Opera on Tap that presents three 30-minute selections of songs and scenes from contemporary composers in a hip, cabaret-style atmosphere. Audiences have a chance to meet the artists and composers after the performance.

American Opera Projects begins the evening with Absynth, a futuristic monodrama made up of newly-commissioned electronic songs from composers Nico Muhly, Kevin McFarland, Florent Ghys, Caleb Burhans and C&V composers Andrew Staniland and Stephen Andrew Taylor. Conceived and performed by frequent AOP collaborator mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer (Composers & the Voice, Semmelweis, Judgment of Midas), Absynth explores questions about the influence and relationship between (wo)Man and Machine.

Dreams of Pure Spirit:  Songs of Tom Cipullo will showcase some of Tom Cipullo’s more accessible and lyrical works.  The performers for the evening are three of the most exciting young singers in New York, soprano Tory Browers, mezzo Rebecca Jo Loeb, and baritone Michael Anthony McGee. Mr. McGee, the winner of numerous competitions, will be making his Kennedy Center debut on April 10 in Tom Cipullo’s mini-opera LUCY.  He is one of only forty young artists that have been recently selected to attend Operalia, Placido Domingo’s international opera competition in Milan.  Ms. Loeb has performed with the New York Festival of Song in their Rising Stars series.  Tory Browers has performed Mr. Cipullo’s music at Merkin Hall under the auspices of Joy in Singing, and at SongFest in Malibu.  As Anne Midgette noted in The New York Times, “Call it aria, call it Broadway, Mr. Cipullo’s strengths are in song.”

Finally, Opera on Tap will present the one-act opera Margot Alone in the Light, an adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s short story All Summer in a Day by C&V composer Clint Borzoni and librettist Emily Conbere and produced by Jennifer Peterson‘s operamission. Ray Bradbury’s story is set in a classroom of schoolchildren on the planet Venus, where it rains constantly with the exception of one hour every seven years.  None of the schoolchildren remember the sun, except for ‘Margot,’ who moved to Venus four years ago from Ohio.  The role of ‘Margot’ will be portrayed by soprano Martha Guth and the role of ‘Mrs. Clott,’ the schoolteacher, will be sung by mezzo-soprano Alteouise de Vaughn.  It will be staged by Scott C. Embler (founding member and former producing director of Vital Theatre Company). Jennifer Peterson, founder and director of operamission, will conduct the opera.

The inaugural performance of Opera Grows in Brooklyn at Galapagos in April 2009 was called “an exciting new level of work for these young companies. Brooklyn and the rest of the city will benefit from future collaborations like these.” (The Curator). Past Opera Grows in Brooklyn performances have featured music by David T. Little, Stefan Weisman, Christopher Berg, Gilda Lyons, Matthew Schickele and Jack Perla and performances by David Adam Moore, Lauren Worsham, Jonathan Hays, and Daisy Press.

“Director Robert Elmes is adding opera to a space known best for its Obie Award winning, progressive programming,” says AOP General Director Charles Jarden. “We think it’s not just cool for opera to be in a spectacular space like Galapagos, it’s essential for creating new music that connects to audiences. Opera away from opera houses is the best way for the genre to thrive and grow. It is economically smart and creatively daring and the voices sound great to both new listeners and fans. If one audience member walks out with an interest in discovering music by living composers, we’ll know we are on the right track.”

Composers & the Voice checks into the Gershwin Hotel

January 29, 2010
"Worra and Peterson at Summer Streets"

Jennifer Peterson accompanies Caroline Worra at SummerStreets Festival

C&V co-music director Jennifer Peterson has been given a room at The Gershwin Hotel and she’s asked a number of Composers & the Voice alumni to join her! Peterson’s newly formed organization operamission and producer Neke Carson will be entertaining Gershwin guests with an ongoing music series that will next feature tenor Keith Jameson (Composers & the Voice 02-03, The Golden Gate, and some tiny roadhouse called The Metropolitan Opera) on Friday January 29 at 8pm performing cabaret songs by Stephen Sondheim, Irving Berlin, Sheldon Harnick, Kander & Ebb, Maltby & Shire and more. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Future works in the series will feature C&V singers Amy van Roekel, Caroline Worra, and Matthew Garrett performing works by C&V composers Clint Borzoni, Edward Ficklin, and Stephen Andrew Taylor. For full details visit http://operamission.org.

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