Posts Tagged “opera”

Thursday and Friday, June 16 & 17, 2016 at 7:30

Christ & St. Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th Street (between Broadway and Columbus), New York, NY 10023

$35 preferred, $30 general admission and $20 students/seniors in advance

($45, $40 and $25 at the door)

active military w/ I.D. – free

tickets: 866-811-4111


info: 212-260-1796


Suor Angelica is forced into a nunnery having born a son out of wedlock. After 7 years, her aunt arrives and commands her to sign a document that transfers her inheritance to her younger sister, who is about to be married. Desperate to know about her son, her aunt coldly informs her that the child took ill and died. No longer interested in remaining in the corporal world, she drinks poison. Seized by remorse, she implores the Virgin to save her. Enveloped in celestial radiance, a child appears and cradles his dying mother, while a choir of nuns and angels sings “Thou Art Saved.”

The evening will include chamber works by Puccini:

String Quartet in D Major – Chelsea Opera String Quartet

Salve Regina for Soprano and Organ
Crisantemi for string quartet



Megan Nielson, Suor Angelica

Leonarda Priore, La Zia Principessa

Joanie Brittingham, Suor Genovieffa

Juliana Curcio, La Suora Zelatrice

Terina Westmeyer, La Badessa

Juli Borst, La Maestra delle Novizie

Jennifer Allenby and Rachel Weishoff – Le Cercatrice

Erin Brittain and Elizabeth Moulton, Le Converse

Alexandra Fees, La Novizia

Mary Katheryn Monday, La Suora Infermiera

Alexander Jorge Grossman, Il Figlio

Sorrelle: Samantha Geraci-Yee, Sandy MacDonald, Loren Silber, Evelyn Carr, Kimmy Norrell

Samantha Kantak, guest soloist

Daniel Ficarri, guest organist

accompanied by the Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra

Benjamin Grow, conductor

Carol Wilson, stage director

Brent Barkhaus, costume designer

Leonarda Priore, properties design

Alexander Bartenieff, lighting design

Andrea Calabrese, make up design

Kristen Kemp, rehearsal pianist

Michael Denney, stage manager

Simer Singh Bhatia, orchestral reduction

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Thurs, Nov 12 at 7:30pm; Sat, Nov 14 at 2:00pm

St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea: 346 West 20th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)

$35 preferred, $30 general admission and $20 students/seniors in advance

($45, $40 and $25 at the door). Active military w/ I.D. – Free

tickets: 866-811-4111 or


info: 212-260-1796 or

Chelsea Opera revives its 2010 production of Glory Denied, an opera by composer/librettist Tom Cipullo, based on the oral biography of Tom Philpott, tell the true story of the longest-held prisoner of war in American history, Colonel Jim Thompson.  During nine years of captivity in Vietnam, he endured unspeakable horrors.  He returned home to his wife and life in America, both of which had moved on, leaving him alone and disillusioned. The opera is sung by the younger and older versions of the two characters, Col. Thompson and his wife, Alyce.


Kate Oberjat, Younger Alyce

Martha Guth, Older Alyce

Brandon Snook, Younger Thompson

Peter Kendall Clark, Older Thompson

accompanied by the Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra

Carmine Aufiero, guest conductor

Lynne Hayden-Findlay, stage director/costume design

Leonarda Priore, properties design

Michael Megliola, lighting design

Connor R. Munion, set design based on the original by Sean Tribble

Andrea Calabrese, make up, hair and wig design

Benjamin Grow, Assistant Conductor

Samuel McCoy, music director

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Carmen for Families
Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work by Georges Bizet, featuring the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the brave bullfighter who wins her heart.

Created from San Francisco Opera’s performance of Carmen for Families in 2011, this one hour movie is a wonderful first opera experience. The performance is in English, with English subtitles and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 11am-12:15pm
Location: El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd Street, Antioch, CA

To review educational materials about Carmen, click here.

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Photo by Scott Wall.
Photo by Scott Wall.



Opera awakens all the senses with super-human singing, spectacular visuals, dramatic character portrayals, and the thrill of an orchestra all on one stage. These interactive workshops won’t just deepen your appreciation of the art form; they will take you through the journey of creating an opera. From words to music, sets and costumes to staging, newcomers and seasoned opera-goers alike will learn the process from the ground up and experience San Francisco Opera behind the scenes.

The series includes 4 sessions:

September 8: Opera is a Story: From Text to Dialogue to Music

September 15: Performing: What’s It Like to be a Musician?

September 22: Production Elements: What Does It Look Like?

September 29: Putting it All Together: The Director’s Vision


For more information, please visit the San Francisco Opera Overture website.

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Photo by Erhard Rom.


In this informal panel discussion, renowned artists and personalities from the world of opera will share their insights and experiences about the San Francisco Opera’s upcoming production of Susannah. Panelists will include Susannah‘s composer Carlisle Floyd and SFO General Director David Gockley.

Susannah takes place in the backwoods of Tennessee when a beautiful young woman is accused of indecent behavior after she is discovered bathing naked in a stream. Will the charismatic traveling preacher who sets his sights on her soul be her salvation, or her downfall?

August 28th, 2014
Concert Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street, San Francisco
(between Franklin St. and Van Ness Ave.)

Insight panels are free for Opera members, Opera subscribers and students with student ID. Insights are $5 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to discussions.

Photo by Erhard Rom.

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Wednesday, February 12th at 4-5:15pm

Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work by Georges Bizet, featuring the alluring but dangerous Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the brave bullfighter who wins her heart. Created from San Francisco Opera’s performance of Carmen for Families in 2011, this screening will feature the Company’s one hour movie version produced for Bay Area school and community programs. The production is in English, with English subtitles, and is recommended for ages 10 and up. A 15-minute live introduction will precede the screening.

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From Juventas’ Project Fusion comes “Expérience”. A unique and unforgettable classical performance event that incorporates a ballet set in Cyberspace, a movement-based instrumental work, a chamber opera, and more!

Two venues/nights!

Saturday, December 8 at 7pm, Museum of Modern Renaissance
115 College Ave, Somerville

Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Center Makor
1845 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton

Tickets at

Juventas New Music Ensemble

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unMET – Opera for the 21st Century

Oct 31, 2012 8:00 pm | Wednesday

Leave your opera glasses at home and forget about that stodgy tenor in 18th-century garb!  Juventas New Music Ensemble invites you to experience opera of the future over an evening drink!  Scenes from new operas by emerging composers will explore ghosts, extinction, love and magic, all while placing you directly in the middle of the action.  This very special Halloween edition of unMET features a costume contest with rockin’ prizes!

$25 for Table Seats; $20 for Stool Seats; $15 for Standing Room.
Tickets available for purchase online here:

Oberon Theater
2 Arrow Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Promo Video

For Immediate Release Composers Concordance Records presents the CD Release Concert for

Gene Pritsker’s chamber opera
William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience

Sunday, March 4th, 9:30pm 2012
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street, NY
event website

For more information, contact:
Composers Concordance Records
646 522 9442

Composers Concordance Records celebrates its February 2012 release of Gene Pritsker’s chamber opera: 
’William James’s Varieties of Religious Experience’. The concert will feature arias from the opera performed by soprano Lynn Norris, jazz/gospel voice of Chanda Rule, baritone Charles Coleman, narrator Peter Christian Hall, with Gene Pritsker and Greg Baker; guitars,
Dan Barrett; cello and Larry Goldman; bass.

This event will also showcase music from upcoming Composers Concordance Records releases including:
Zentripetal String Duo with Lynn Bechtold – violin and Jen DeVore – cello.
Non Western Omelet by The International Street Cannibals.
Featuring  Dan Barrett – cello, Dan Cooper – bass, Max Pollak – tap and body percussion
Composers Concordance present ‘Song Cycles’. Featuring  Lynn Norris – soprano and Luis Andrei Cobo – piano
Subversion by guitarist Greg Baker.  Featuring Greg Baker and Gene Pritsker – guitars

You can sample music  from the album and learn more about it here:

here is a full aria from the opera Closer to me than my Own Breath Aria

The opera has received the following review:

“This new recording  is beautiful—musically and dramatically.” … “Delicate, taut, and incisive writing. Beautiful interplay between instruments and voices, between the rhythm/melodies/harmonies and the text. ‘Synaptic’ guitar picking; a really elegant solo improvisation on Track 5.”… “I ’m uplifted by this new Pritsker CD—impressed by the authenticity of music that “had to come out”, had to be composed, had to exist.” … “T his opera by Gene Pritsker honors that Jamesian notion. The opera—and this recording—are a welcome invitation to self-discovery, to mutual respect and tolerance for the spirituality (or lack thereof) of others, and to joyous, mindful living in community. Look for the CD when it’s released in February. Very worth your listening!”
– Doug McNair, Chamber Music Today, Jan. 2012
“This genuine chamber opera is a ground breaking contribution to the operatic genre for the early ‘012s”…”The intellectual level of his (Pritsker’s) compositions marks a radical departure from most new “classical” music.”
– Peter Woolf, Musical Pointers, jan. 2012
“This chamber opera performance has beautiful vocals. I like it…You definitely have to check out this recording.”
– Peter Van Laarhoven, United-Mutations, Feb. 2012
“The stylistic range is broad and the synthesis effective”…”It is yet another convincing example of Gene Pritsker’s originality and distinctiveness as a composer. It should interest and delight those who seek the “new” in new music. This is indeed new!”
– Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical – Modern Music Blog, Feb. 20112
Composer Gene Pritsker has written over four hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. All of his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.

He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation; an eclectic hip/hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble who have released cd’s on Col-legno and Innova Records. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers, including the Adelaide Symphony, The Athens Camarata, Brooklyn and Berlin Philharmonic. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies.

The New York Times described him as “…audacious…multitalented.” Joseph Pehrson, writing in The Music Connoisseur, described Pritsker as “dissolv[ing] the artificial boundaries between high brow, low brow, classical, popular musics and elevates the idea that if it’s done well it is great music, regardless of the style or genre”. Raul d’Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: “Barring the obvious exceptions, much of 21st century composition appears to be thinning in significance, but this might be about to change. Gene Pritsker is one of a very spare handful of composers effecting this change.

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The January 22 Le Salon de Musique program will feature “A La Cour De Versailles“ Baroque Program with a pantomime for two dancers (Linda Tomko And Jill Chadroff) with a Baroque ensemble performing Marie-Antoinette, Rameau, Duphly, Gluck, Grety, Lully and Ferrere featuring Mezzo-Soprano Monika Bruckner, Susan Feldman on Violin, Leif Thomas on Viola da Gamba and Patricia Mabee on Harpsichord. The performance is accompanied by Champagne, food by Patina and informal conversation introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson. Tickets are $65 and $45 for students (including concert and refreshments) and are available on line at or by calling (310) 498-0257.

This program presents a concert of the type that Marie-Antoinette would have witnessed at her own salon de musiques in the 1780s.

By removing the stage, Le Salon de Musiques offers a more personal touch to listeners eager to familiarize themselves with Chamber Music. The goal is to bring together an audience of disparate backgrounds…music lovers who believe that this form of melodic artistry brings out the best in humanity.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Fifth Floor
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

$45.00 Students
There is a 10% discount if tickets are purchased for three or more concerts

Contact: or (310) 498-0257

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