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 attend a rehearsal or 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 will be performed fully staged with the dancers and ensemble, directed and choreographed by the librettist John de los Santos and conducted by Jennifer Peterson.

antinous-pradoThen on Friday, January 20, Clint’s music will be featured at La MaMa in the East Village, and we are thrilled to be presenting 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
TICKETS

Please come join us, we will tell the story of the entire opera. Jennifer Peterson and librettist Edward Ficklin will guide 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 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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53rd Street Handel, Chapter 3

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53rd Street Handel

The next installation features:
mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers as “Theseus”
bass Cory Clines as “Varo”
soprano Jennifer Roberts Jenkins as “Dorinda”
countertenor Matthew Truss as “Radamisto”
soprano Amelia Watkins as “Angelica”

baritone Michael Weyandt as “Bajazet”

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:15pm
NYPL’s 53rd Street Library, 18 W. 53rd St, New York City
an original one-hour pastiche:

‘Theseus in the Flatiron: a Handelian Family Drama’
curated by conductor Jennifer Peterson and countertenor Jordan Rutter

with selections from Arianna in Creta, Deidamia, Ezio, Giulio Cesare,
Orlando, Radamisto,
and Tamerlano

FREE CONCERT!

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

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Photos: John Chee Photography (www.johnchee.us)

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53rd Street Handel, #2

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We are continuing the series of 53rd Street Handel…

FREE one-hour concert
An operamission original mini-pastiche:
‘The Politics of Love and Rivalry in Handel’s London Operas’

(co-curated by conductor Jennifer Peterson and countertenor Jordan Rutter)

PLEASE JOIN US:

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:15pm (library closes at 7)
WHERE: NYPL’s 53rd Street Library, 18 W. 53rd St, New York City
the SINGERS: Paul Goodwin-Groen, Jennifer Roberts Jenkins, Brooke Larimer, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, Jordan Rutter, Christopher Sokolowski
the BAND: baroque violin, baroque cello, and harpsichord
the MUSIC: selections from Deidamia, Imeneo, Lotario, Orlando, Partenope, Serse, Sosarme, and Tamerlano

perfect for Handel lovers, or as an introduction to opera
for anyone, any age, any political persuasion

conveniently located in midtown Manhattan across the street from from MoMA
and St. Thomas Episcopal Church, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Click to take a look at the SYNOPSIS/TRANSLATION Projections for this program.

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53rd street handel

53-handel-imagesoperamission opens its eighth season with:

53rd Street Handel

…a new series of free concerts at the recently reopened and renovated 53rd Street Library in its fresh and inspiring theater space in the main entrance at 18 West 53rd in Manhattan.

In a concert of scenes and arias from G. F. Handel’s Italian operas, we present an original mini-pastiche with voices and period instruments.53rd st handel logo

Drop by the Library right before closing time. Our first concert is at 7:15pm on
Wednesday, September 21. Just head in the front entrance across 53rd from MoMA and Saint Thomas Episcopal Church and you’ll find us!

All concerts are free and open to the public, and the perfect chance to
experience your first taste of Handel opera if you never have. We are presenting 60 minutes of luxurious character-filled drama from both lesser-known and favorites of Handel’s output.

‘Freedom, Friendship, Forgiveness, and Other Handelian Wisdom
on Finding Love in a Murky Universe’

WHEN: Wednesday, September 21, 7:15pm (library closes at 7)
WHERE: NYPL’s 53rd Street Library, 18 W. 53rd St, New York City
the SINGERSCory Clines, Nicole Guberman, Jennifer Roberts Jenkins, Adam Klein, Jordan Rutter, Kimberly Sogioka
the BAND: baroque violin, baroque cello, and harpsichord
the MUSIC: selections from Deidamia, Giulio Cesare, Orlando, Partenope, and Scipione
Click to take a look at the SYNOPSIS/TRANSLATION projections for this program.

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rinaldo reviews

Thank you to all who were part of our presentation of Handel’s Rinaldo at Merkin Concert Hall. The incredible music, cast, orchestra, and audiences coalesced into a magical event.

If you appreciate our work, please contribute and spread the word about operamission!

The reviews are in…

New York Times, James R. Oestreich – “A Handel Crusade,” June 16, 2016

Parterre Box, Christopher Corwin – “home brew,” June 17, 2016

Superconductor, Paul J. Pelkonen, “Fireworks Over Jerusalem,” June 19, 2016

Allegri con Fuoco – “A Garden of Baroque Delights,” June 18, 2016

Voce di meche – “A Long Night’s Journey into Handel,” June 15, 2016

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Bravi tutti, HWV 7!

More photos, from rehearsals at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Merkin Hall, and more:

 

 

 

 

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