July 20, 2009
AOP is excited to announce that Jules Massenet’s one act opera La Navarraise received a rave review from Harry Rolnick of ConcertoNet. In particular, AOP is proud of the recognition our former Artistic Director, Steven Osgood, received. Rolnick paid special attention to the New York City Opera Orchestra under Osgood’s baton. Michael Zegarski, with whom AOP has collaborated on Séance on a Wet Afternoon, the Composers & the Voice song workshop, and is a board member of AOP, served in the ensemble and was singled out by Rolnick for his performance in the “delicious song ‘For Wine! For Cider.’” Andrew Drost, who sang the role or Ramon, is another AOP alumnus, having sung in the Voice of Brooklyn concert. Baritone, Jeffrey Tucker, who collaborated with AOP on Before Night Falls, sang the role of Bustamente.
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April 21, 2009
On May 1, composer Stephen Schwartz will be holding a free, late night seance for NYC audiences, or more specifically, a reading of his opera Seance on a Wet Afternoon backed by the City Opera orchestra and members of the New York City Opera chorus also partaking under the musical direction of George Manahan.
Like AOP’s concert reading held last November, the VOX: Showcasing American Opera presentation will star Lauren Flanigan and Michael Zegarski as the scheming couple who kidnap a girl in the hopes of becoming famous by “finding” her through a seance.
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Tickets to the VOX: Showcasing American Opera series are free. Reservations can be made by visiting vox-nyco.com.
Michael Zegarski can also be heard at VOX on May 2 in Jonathan Dawe and Heather Raffo’s Armide (2-3:10 PM).
October 30, 2008
Longtime AOP baritone and board member Michael Zegarski will star as the German proprietor Oswaldo Staub in Opéra Français de New York (OFNY)‘s upcoming U.S. Premiere of Marie Galante on November 13, 15, & 16. The production that showcases the fully-restored orchestral score of Kurt Weill‘s 1934 music and reconstruction of the original play by Jacques Deval. It stars internationally acclaimed soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian in the title role and is conducted by Yves Abel.
The story centers around the innocent and tragic Marie, who is abducted in France and taken to South America by the lustful Captain Letuvier. Our valiant heroine scorns Letuvier’s advances only to find herself abandoned in a strange and exotic land. Having turned to prostitution in order to survive, Marie plans for her return to Bordeaux, but is caught in a web of deception that ultimately leads to her demise. Weill’s music invokes the passion and allure of 1920s French cabaret foreshadowing the impending threat of Nazi Germany.
Exclusively for this production, the producers have added a famous Weill song titled, Complainte de la Seine, to be sung by Zegarski.