massenet’s werther

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We are doing an informal piano reading of Massenet’s 1887 opera, Werther

Libretto by Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet, and Georges Hartmann,
based on The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Join operamission at Studio A on the 11th floor of Nola Rehearsal Studios
at 244 West 54th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
on Friday, November 3, 2017, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

Free event!
RSVP to operamission@gmail.com or on facebook, thank you!

the CAST
Werther, a young poet – BRIAN CHENEY, tenor

Charlotte – KIMBERLY SOGIOKA, mezzo-soprano
Albert, betrothed to Charlotte – JASON ECK, baritone
Sophie, Charlotte’s sister – ZOE MARIE HART, soprano
Le Bailli, Charlotte’s father – JASON ECK
Two friends of the Bailiff:
Schmidt – LUCAS LEVY, tenor
Johann – BRAD BARON, bass-baritone

Led by conductor JENNIFER PETERSON

Follow along with the PDF.

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bolcom cabaret

For one night only, operamission presents
William Bolcom’s complete Cabaret Songs.

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Countertenor Jordan Rutter and Jennifer Peterson perform

at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 9:30 PM.

61 Christopher Street, at Seventh Avenue, New York City
$15 tickets in advance, $20 at the door, two drink minimum

Tickets: purplepass.com/operamission
Click to view the online program.

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Click to view the PRESS RELEASE.

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Photos by Noah Stern Weber, used courtesy of the New York Opera Alliance

To contribute to operamission, please donate through our Fiscal Sponsor, Fractured Atlas, thank you!

For other New York Opera Fest events, please visit nyoperafest.com/2017.

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tuesday ornamentation workshops

SINGERS – group sessions in NYC with Jennifer Peterson

Extemporizing Ornaments and Cadenzas
in Handel arias

Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 PM
Nola Rehearsal Studios
$40 to participate

Express your interest and confirm your attendance via…
email: operamission@gmail.com
text: +1 917 520 3163
Twitter: @gaspsiagore

Bring two copies of any Handel da capo aria, memorized but not ornamented.
Know your translation, character, and context.
If you don’t have an aria prepared, come anyway.  All singers will participate.

(Non-singer) observers welcome.  Not to be live-streamed.  Other media okay.

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53rd street handel, the morning after

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‘The Morning After’

an original Handel mini-pastiche

FREE CONCERT
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
7:15 PM
NYPL’s 53rd Street Library
18 W. 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York City
an original one-hour pastiche of Handel opera
curated by conductor Jennifer Peterson and countertenor Jordan Rutter
performed with baroque instruments

Scenes from:
Agrippina, Alcina, Ariodante, Floridante, Il Pastor Fido, Orlando, Ottone, and Rodrigo

The cast:
soprano Marcy Richardson as “Teofane”
mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bouk as “Ariodante”
countertenor Jordan Rutter as “Ottone”
tenor Christopher Sokolowski as “Giuliano”
baritone Brian Mextorf as “Emireno”

Are you curious what happens when February 14 doesn’t exactly go as planned?

PLEASE JOIN US!

To show your support for operamission,
please donate through
Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor.

Please click to view the SYNOPSIS/TRANSLATION Projections for this program.

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january 2017 two borzoni operas

when-adonis-calls-4-5-nwf-flyerThis month operamission presents extended excerpts from two of Clint Borzoni‘s operatic output.

The first is part of OPERA America’s New Works Forum being held at the National Opera Center on Thursday, January 12. The event is open to forum attendees only. Please contact us if you would like to receive more details on the work.

We are presenting Exchanges Four and Five of Clint’s When Adonis Calls, an opera in Five Exchanges for two baritones, two male dancers, string quartet, and percussion. It was performed fully staged with the dancers and ensemble, directed and choreographed by the librettist John de los Santos and conducted by Jennifer Peterson.

Click for the Video of our New Works Forum presentation. And please click here to watch the talk-back afterwards.

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antinous-pradoThen on Friday, January 20, Clint’s music was featured at La MaMa in the East Village, and we were thrilled to present a 30 minute set of excerpts from his full-length opera Antinous and Hadrian, a romantic tragedy.

Complete info:
‘Sound Departures 2017’ at La MaMa
74A East 4th Street
(between Bowery and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Friday, January 20, 1017 at 10:00 PM
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We told the story of the entire opera. Librettist Edward Ficklin guided us through the arcs of the title characters, assisted by tenor Christopher Sokolowski as Antinous, bass Cory Clines as Hadrian, countertenor Tim Keeler as Phlegon, and baritone Kenneth Overton as the High Priest of Osiris.

Please click here for video and audio footage of the excerpts performed.

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Please show your support to Clint Borzoni’s music, G. F. Handel’s music, and the future of operamission by making your tax deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. Thank you!

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as 2016 ends

To recap a year of fun and hard work…

We mounted a concert production of Handel’s Rinaldo (HWV 7) at Merkin Concert Hall in June, and received some wonderful reviews and feedback. Before we launch HWVs 8 and 9, we decided to offer a series of free concerts of Handel opera pastiches at the 53rd Street Library, and ended up doing four one-hour pastiches throughout the Fall, one per month.

dec-photo-circle-brad-baronoperamission thanks the following artists for their parts in building this creative process: David Bakamjian, Jessica Bowers, Cory Clines, Paul Goodwin-Groen, Nicole Guberman, Jennifer Roberts Jenkins, Brennan Hall, Adam Klein, Brooke Larimer, Ben Matus, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Brendan Ratchford, Jordan Rutter, Kimberly Sogioka, Christopher Sokolowski, Matthew Truss, Amelia Watkins, and Michael Weyandt. And thank you to John Flood at the NYPL for hosting us and inviting us back each month!

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We covered 21 operas in four concerts, co-curated by countertenor Jordan Rutter and conductor Jennifer Peterson. Please scroll down for more photos and complete details of these amazing baroque opera adventures.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you happen to represent any kind of educational institution or presenting organization, we are offering the team of Jennifer Peterson, Jordan Rutter, and Jeff Caldwell as a service to build a Handel pasticcio around your specific needs. We can make it happen with anywhere from one to twenty singers, and any number of instrumentalists. Please contact Jennifer at operamission if you think this sounds like fun.

Please show your support to Handel’s music and the future of operamission by making your tax deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. Thank you!

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53rd street handel, the isle of deceit

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‘Beyond Love and War: Escape from the Isle of Deceit’

FREE CONCERT
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
7:15 PM
NYPL’S 53rd Street Library
18 W. 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York City
an original one-hour pastiche of Handel opera
curated by conductor Jennifer Peterson and countertenor Jordan Rutter
performed with baroque instruments

Scenes from:
Alcina, Almira, Ariodante, Deidamia, Faramondo,
Imeneo, Il Pastor Fido, Poro, Riccardo Primo, and Silla

The cast:
mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers as “Dalinda”
bass Cory Clines as “Gustavo”
soprano Jennifer Roberts Jenkins as “Rosmene”
countertenor Brennan Hall as “Silvio”
countertenor Jordan Rutter as “Claudio”
tenor Christopher Sokolowski as “Alessandro”

Equally perfect for first-time operagoers and hardcore Handel opera fans.

PLEASE JOIN US!

To show your end-of-year support for operamission,
please donate through Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor.

Please click to view the SYNOPSIS/TRANSLATION Projections for this program.

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