AOP and ONJ Team Up for Two Operatic Monodramas

April 5, 2012

AOP and Opera New Jersey are proud to announce their second summer of collaboration with this July’s Two Operatic Monodramas, after their inaugural partnership last year with Thomas Pasatieri’s The Family Room.

Two Operatic Monodramas –  featuring The Wanton Sublime, by composer Tarik O’Regan and librettist Anna Rabinowitz, and Our Lady, by composer Gregory Spears with texts from medieval Provençal – examines the human and mythic aspects of the Virgin Mary.  Both monodramas will be presented as staged readings on July 21st and 22nd at McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ.

 The Wanton Sublime will feature mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn raising questions about Mary’s role as the “eternal feminine.”  Countertenor Ryland Angel joins AOP once again to sing of Mary’s sorrow and love in Our Lady, following two performances of the same work in Fall 2011.  Conductor Steven Osgood will lead an ensemble of strings and keyboard under the stage direction of Crystal Manich.

AOP and ONJ present

Two Operatic Monodramas

Our Lady by Gregory Spears
The Wanton Sublime by Tarik O’Regan & Anna Rabinowitz

July 21 at 2 p.m.
July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Buy tickets online or call Opera New Jersey at (609) 799-7700.

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Flanigan and Malfitano: A “Family” Reunion

June 29, 2011

A “family” show of sorts (but not one for the kiddies), The Family Room is Thomas Pasatieri’s terrifying new one-act opera that marks the first collaboration between American Opera Projects and Opera New Jersey.  The libretto was written by Daphne Malfitano and stars the legendary sopranos Lauren Flanigan and Catherine Malfitano, with stage direction by Scott Schwartz.  Chris Cooley assists on piano.

We find two nameless women living in a windowless studio.
They speak of dinner parties and relatives,
of husbands and love and a child named Georgie,
but their only company are ominous sounds from above.

There is life up there, but we are stuck as they are,
beneath it, in The Family Room.

from L-R: Lauren Flanigan, Thomas Pasatieri, Catherine Malfitano, Daphne Malfitano, and Chris Cooley

Since its initial readings in 2009, The Family Room has indeed been a close-knit process between creators and performers.  Written specifically for these two leading singing actresses, the opera marks the first time that Lauren Flanigan and Catherine Malfitano have performed together since the premiere of William Bolcom’s The Wedding in 2004, and also the first time that librettist Daphne Malfitano has worked on a project with her mother.  Previous projects composed for both sopranos by Pasatieri include Frau Margot and Monologues for Ms. Flanigan and Washington Square and The Seagull for Ms. Malfitano.  Similarly, Ms. Flanigan and director Scott Schwartz recently collaborated on NYCO’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon.  Not to mention that pianist Chris Cooley, who assisted on AOP’s initial readings of Séance, has been involved since the The Family Room’s beginning stages.

The latest installment of our First Chance Series, American Opera Projects co-presents The Family Room with Opera New Jersey, an idea that was dreamed up between AOP General Director Charles Jarden and ONJ General Director Richard Russell as an opportunity for the two companies to create a new partnership.  With a powerhouse cast and a creative team such as these, this is one family gathering you’re not likely to forget.

The Family Room

Saturday, July 23 at 2pm
Sunday, July 24 at 7pm

The Berlind Theater
McCarter Theatre Center
Princeton, NJ. 

Talk-backs with the creators and cast to follow each performance.

For tickets and more information, please  visit www.operaprojects.org.


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