June 29, 2010
The Opera America cast of Paul's Case, performing in L.A. on June 11th
AOP is pleased to announce the great success of the recent production of Paul’s Case, by composer Gregory Spears and Librettist Kathryn Walat, with Opera America’s New Works Sampler 2010! On Friday, June 11th, excerpts from Paul’s Case, featuring Hak Soo Kim in the title role, were performed alongside numerous other new operas at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.
Robert E. Lee, President and Managing Director of AOP, traveled to California to be in the audience. “It was enlightening and encouraging to hear how well the piece came across with a new cast we’d never worked with before,” he said in an interview. “This fascinating new take on the opera was played in a more lyrical style. I’d been used to hearing its more angular, rhythmical elements, and so to hear such different facets of the piece was a pleasant surprise, and quite enjoyable. ”
“It was great to have received so many unsolicited comments of praise about the piece,” Lee continued, commenting on the public reception of the showcase. “This is a very discerning crowd full of experienced professionals. So, it was especially heartening to hear that people liked the performance.”
September 6, 2009
Composer Stephen Schwartz was honored with a concert of his works in Los Angeles that featured many AOP veterans including Lauren Flanigan, Michael Marcotte, and Nathan Lee Graham led in song by frequent AOP music director Charity Wicks. Scattered among hits from Mr. Schwartz’s musicals Pippin, Wicked, and Godspell (to name only a few), audiences got to hear a preview of the AOP-developed opera “Seance on a Wet Afternoon” that will have its premiere at Opera Santa Barbara on Sep. 26.
From Broadway World:
On Sunday, Aug 23rd 2009, Upright Cabaret’s incredibly popular “Wicked Summer Nights” series at the Ford Amphitheatre drew to a close with a spectacular concert entitled ‘Stephen Schwartz: Making Good’ which set out to celebrate the works of the man who inspired the series, Mr. Stephen Schwartz.
With Mr. Schwartz in attendance and narrating the first half of the concert, Director Billy Porter along with Music Directors Chris Bratten and Charity Wicks, guided the audience through the composers famed hit songs which included ‘Magic to Do,’ ‘Defying Gravity,’ and ‘I Guess I’ll Miss the Man,’ and then provided the audience with a sneak peek into Mr. Schwartz’ new work “Séance on a Wet Afternoon” set to debut in Sept 2009 in Santa Barbara, CA.
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Steve Pence, Lauren Flanigan, Michael Marcotte at Stephen Schwartz: Making Good