the tragic american archetype

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Saturday, June 22, 5:00 PM
Nolan Park on Governors Island, NYC
Please join operamission,
the little OPERA theater of ny, and Bronx Opera for a
FREE CONCERT of American opera!

operamission presents ‘The Tragic American Archetype’ – a quick introspective plunge into the heroic souls (or lack thereof) of two classic post-World War II American operas: Kurt Weill’s Street Scene and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, featuring tenor Kameron Ghanavati as Sam Kaplan and Tom Rakewell, hosted by conductor Jennifer Peterson.

Click here for a PDF of our program.

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handel warehouse

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Friday, June 1, 2018
from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
OPERA America, 330 Seventh Avenue in NYC
Charles MacKay Studio

Ornamentation, Cadenzas, Style, ‘Find an Aria,’ Recit Party, Baroque Gesture

OPEN REHEARSALS (led by Jeff Caldwell):
Character Arc, Musical and Dramatic Cohesion, Staging

All events open to the public, refreshments served!

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schedule breakdown

Workshop: ‘FIND AN ARIA’

(click for Quantz)

Workshop: CADENZAS

Workshop: BAROQUE GESTURE (led by Nell Snaidas)

Workshop: STYLE




Open Rehearsal: STAGING

PERFORMANCE—mini sneak preview of HWVs 8 and 9
featuring operamission casts and covers
Miriam Chaudoir, Matthew Deming, Stephanie Feigenbaum, Zoe Marie Hart, and Mary Ann Stewart
(click for PDF of program)


or all the filesfor the hardcore.

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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 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

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

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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…
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


‘The Morning After’

an original Handel mini-pastiche

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?


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.


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

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.


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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