the great good thing

During September and October of 2014 operamission is workshopping a new opera by composer Bruce Wolosoff and librettist Debbie Danielpour.

The Great Good Thing is a wonderful new family opera based on Roderick Townley’s book by the same name.

An opera about a book…

The characters of a fairy tale kingdom come to life with twists and unusual adventures, involving an outspoken princess and the book’s young reader.

A fateful mistake is made when Princess Sylvie disobeys her father’s orders: Never look at the reader! Once Sylvie breaks the rules, she enters the reader’s thoughts and dreams. Complications and crises ultimately threaten the book’s very existence, a tumult felt through Wolosoff’s tuneful spinnings and Danielpour’s potent lyrics.

Because the work has not yet been produced on stage, operamission will spend these weeks delving into the musical and dramatic content in close collaboration with the creative team. The workshop cast features mezzo-sopranos Kathryn Krasovec, Kimberly Sogioka, and Jane Shaulis, with soprano Jennifer Roberts Jenkins, tenor Iván Rivera de Beltrán, baritone Mark Womack, bass Cory Clines, and introducing Daniel Song. Music direction is by Jennifer Peterson.

Workshop sessions are private; to find out more about The Great Good Thing, please contact operamission or the composer.

Debbie Danielpour, librettistBruce Wolosoff, composer

 


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furioso

FURIOSO: an Evening of Handel Opera

Friday, July 18, 2014 in Bloomington, Indiana

furioso poster

Conductor Jennifer Peterson led a period orchestra in a thrilling evening of Italian music drama, featuring sopranos Martha EasonEvelyn NelsonKathryn Summersett; countertenor Andrew Rader; tenor Christopher Sokolowski; and baritone Kevin de Benedictis.

Please visit Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Historical Performance Institute website for details.

Click to view PDFs of the printed program, the projected titles, and the singers’ biographies.

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agrippina info

Handel’s Agrippina – performances Saturday and Sunday, both at 3:00 PM

Remaining tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.

Thank you to Neke Carson and Jamaal Williams for these lovely production photos:

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poppea 4, photo by Jamaal Williamspoppea 3, photo by Jamaal Williams

poppea 2, photo by Jamaal Williamspoppea 1, photo by Jamaal Williams

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giunone backstage, photo by Jamaal Williams

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handeljam & more

To purchase tickets for Handel’s Agrippina, January 16, 18, and 19, click…

agrippina - original illustration by tomi um

And in the meantime, we’d like to announce our first…official…public…

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And please SUPPORT operamission by making a tax-deductible contribution, thank you!


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agrippina

agrippina - original illustration by tomi um

Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets

for operamission’s  January 2014 production of

George Frideric Handel’s AGRIPPINA

libretto by Vincenzo Grimani

three-act opera from Venice, 1709, HWV 6, sung in Italian, with baroque orchestra

THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY – Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, January 18 at 3:00 PM; and Sunday, January 19 at 3:00 PM, 2014.

in the Italian Renaissance Library of the Fabbri Mansion, 7 East 95th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues, New York City.

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press release

Your financial support is welcome to help make this production possible, please don’t hesitate to visit operamission.org/support or to contact Jennifer Peterson to become involved!

original illustration by Tomi Um

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performance history

Currently entering its fifth season…

operamission’s PERFORMANCE HISTORY

March 1, 2009 – it is my song that’s flown… all new music, soprano Alissa Rose and pianist Jennifer Peterson.

November 20, 2009 – HANDEL at the Gershwin, featuring Sharin Apostolou, Jennifer Hines, Gerald Thompson, Tommy Wazelle, and Tim Hill, with the operamission HANDEL Band, led by Jennifer Peterson from the harpsichord.

January 29, 2010 – KEITH JAMESON / CABARET SONGS, at the Gershwin Hotel with pianist Jennifer Peterson.

March 3, 2010 – HANDEL at the Gershwin, featuring Amy van Roekel, Caroline Worra, Alteoise deVaughn, Daniel Bubeck, Matthew Garrett, and David Salsbery Fry, with the operamission HANDEL Band, led by Jennifer Peterson from the harpsichord.

April 2 and 3, 2010 – OPERA IN FLIGHT: new scenes & one-acts, at the Gershwin Hotel, by composers Clint Borzoni, Edward Ficklin, George Flynn, and Stephen Andrew Taylor, conducted by Jennifer Peterson.

August 17-22, 2010 – Così fan tutte: Some Assembly Required, at the Gershwin Hotel, hosted by Ned Canty, Cori Ellison, and Jennifer Peterson.

November 20 and 21, December 4, 2010 – Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, tenor Adam Klein, pianist Jennifer Peterson.

February 11 and 18, 2011 – kurt weill uncovered: in cabaret, featuring soprano Marcy Richardson, baritone Ian Greenlaw, and guests, at the Gershwin Hotel.

April 29, 2011 – hosted by operamission: RECITAL & LIVE RECORDING SESSION – soprano Marcy Richardson sings ‘Seconda Donna’ Arias from Handel’s Italian Operas, with the operamission HANDEL Band at the Gershwin Hotel.

May 16, 2011 – hosted by operamission: The CONCORDIUM HARMONIE ENSEMBLE in their Manhattan Debut, inaugural All-Mozart Program.

June 3 and 4, 2011 – SCHOENBERG and STRAVINSKY: Defining classics. Pierrot Lunaire and L’Histoire du Soldat, with Jennifer Berkebile, John Carlo Pierce, Ryan Allen, Cameron Smith, conducted by Jennifer Peterson

August 16 through September 4, 2011 – Puccini’s La Bohème: Assembly Required, hosted by Eric Einhorn, Cori Ellison, Jonathon Field, Jennifer Peterson, and Marc Verzatt.

September 19, 2011 – Figaro al fresco – a comic cliffhanger: Acts I & II of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bryant Park Fall Festival, starring Cory Clines, Sharin Apostolou, Michael Weyandt, Inna Dukach; staged by director Peter Kozma, with outdoor wind chamber band led by Jennifer Peterson from the piano.

February 2, 2012 – a Poulenc Cabaret, at the Gershwin Hotel, featuring Ross Benoliel, Michelle Jennings, Max Midroit, John Carlo Pierce, Marcy Richardson, Kimberly Sogioka, Nicholas Tamagna, Cory Tiffin, Randal Turner, Deborah van Renterghem, Michael Weyandt; co-curated by Jessica Goldring and Jennifer Peterson.

May 26, 29, and 31, 2012 – Handel’s ALMIRA, Königin von Castilien (HWV 1), North American Premiere, at the Gershwin Hotel, starring Christy Lombardozzi, Nell Snaidas, Kristen Plumley, Keith Jameson, Karim Sulayman, Michael Weyandt, David Kravitz, Mark Risinger; directed by Jeff Caldwell, period baroque orchestra conducted by Jennifer Peterson.

October 15, 2012 – Pierrot 100, hosted by Fred Sherry and Kenneth Slowik, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, featuring Jennifer Berkebile, conducted by Jennifer Peterson.

January 10, 2013 – operamission new cabaret, all new songs from 2012, including the winners of operamission’s Cabaret Song Composition Contest, at OPERA America’s National Opera Center, hosted by Michael Ching and Jennifer Peterson.

May 21, 23, and 25, 2013 – Handel’s RODRIGO (HWV 5), North American Premiere, with period baroque orchestra at the Gershwin Hotel, starring Nicholas Tamagna, Dísella Lárusdóttir, Madeline Bender, John Carlo Pierce, Christopher Newcomer, Daniel Bubeck; led by director Jeff Caldwell and conductor Jennifer Peterson.

August 28, 29, and September 7, 2013 – Creating the Work – ANTINOUS AND HADRIAN, a new full-length opera by Clint Borzoni, libretto by Edward Ficklin, assembled on the spot in three sessions, in collaboration with NYC’s Queer Urban Orchestra, at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea, featuring Christopher Sokolowski, Tommy Wazelle, Cory Clines; conducted by Jennifer Peterson.

September 13 and 14, 2013 – hosted by operamission: New Vintage Baroque’s ‘Diana, Goddess of the Hunt and the Moon,’ music of Charpentier, Bernier, Rebel, Campra, and the world premiere of Doug Balliett’s rap cantata Actaeon.

January 16, 18, and 19, 2014 – Handel’s AGRIPPINA (HWV 6), at the Fabbri Mansion, 7 East 95th Street, starring Karen Driscoll, Paul Goodwin-Groen, Marcy Richardson, José Lemos, Kimberly Sogioka, Jorell Williams, Joseph Hill, Brian Mextorf, Sarah Nelson Craft; directed by Jeff Caldwell, costumes designed by Charles Caine, period baroque orchestra conducted by Jennifer Peterson.

Tickets on sale at agrippina.brownpapertickets.com

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new vintage baroque

Clint Borzoni and Edward Ficklin’s new full-length opera Antinous and Hadrian is out in the world…. operamission is proud, thrilled, and excited for this important opera’s future.

The season continues right away!

Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14 at 8:00 PM, operamission hosts the freshly-formed vocal instrumental ensemble New Vintage Baroque in their inaugural concerts at the Gershwin Hotel, 7 East 27th Street, just east of 5th Avenue, in Manhattan.

Exploring the intersection of music, song, and story, New Vintage Baroque‘s troupe of supremely talented young artists brings New York audiences ‘Diana, Goddess of the Hunt and the Moon,’ with luxurious musics of Charpentier, Bernier, Rebel, Campra, and culminating in the world premiere of Doug Balliett’s Actaeon.

Balliett has appeared in several past operamission productions as double bassist, including Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and Handel’s Rodrigo. Come check out the versatility of his talents, this time wearing the hats of composer and monologist. We will be in the inviting & cozy Living Room at the currently-being-renovated Gershwin, refreshments available before the show at Birch Coffee.

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The season continues January 16, 18, and 19, 2014 with operamission’s first uptown appearance and next Handel opera – Agrippina, HWV 6, from 1709 Venice!

Please contact Jennifer Peterson at operamission@gmail.com if you are interested in being a sponsor or supporting in any way. Fundraising efforts are moving along quickly… it’s time to be part of the Handelmission!

We are incredibly excited about our venue and cast: again Jennifer Peterson conducts, Jeff Caldwell directs, and this time costume designer Charles Caine joins the team. The three-act Italian opera will be staged with period baroque orchestra in the Italian Renaissance library of the Fabbri Mansion at 7 East 95th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues.

Leading the cast of nine, soprano Karen Driscoll portrays the title role and is joined by bass Paul Goodwin-Groen as her husband, the 1st century Roman Emperor Claudio. Countertenor José Lemos is Ottone, soprano Marcy Richardson is Poppea, mezzo-soprano Kimberly Sogioka is Nerone. As the Venetian comic characters, operamission is thrilled to welcome baritone Jorell Williams and countertenor Joseph Hill. The cast is completed by wonderful baritone Brian Mextorf as Claudio’s servant Lesbo, and finally, gorgeous mezzo-soprano Sarah Nelson Craft as the goddess Giunone.

Thursday, January 16, 7:00 PMClaudius
Saturday, January 18, 3:00 PM
Sunday, January 19, 3:00 PM
 


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