post-flight storms

Clint Borzoni’s Margot Alone in the Light received a ‘re-mount’ on Friday, April 16. Anne Ricci’s Opera on Tap brought the operamission world premiere cast and orchestra to the Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

operamission is now cooking up what’s next…there have been more serious Handel talks…

But first, the Mozart brainstorms are brewing, and what we’re putting together to finish up the summer is something outlandishly complicated in concept, yet couldn’t be any more straightforward. As soon as we are set, we will spill the details.

In the meantime, please visit operamission’s new YouTube channel for excerpts from March’s ‘HANDEL at the Gershwin’ and soon hopefully some of Keith & Margot.

And the long-term ‘next’ is the continuation of operamission’s commission – a full-length opera-in-progress. Composer Clint Borzoni and librettist Edward Ficklin are cranking it out. Any update I blog about here will be superseded by the work they do each day. You can follow Eddy and Clint on twitter as well as operamission if you’d like to see live updates of their trials and tribulations. Suffice it to say, we will be fitting fresh music to living, breathing singers any day now.

Many more important bits have happened and are happening.

OPERA IN FLIGHT was delightfully well-attended. Participating, we had ‘visiting dignitaries’ in from as far away from Seattle (librettist Emily Conbere) and Toronto (librettist Marcia Johnson) with four others from the great state of Illinois: composers George Flynn and Stephen Andrew Taylor, as well as the two spectacular founding members of Chicago’s Anaphora: violinist Aurélien Pederzoli and clarinetist Cory Tiffin. And composer James Borchers totally brought the percussion from Boston. The NY casts of singers made their phenomenal contributions in bringing the composers’ music to life, as did a chamber orchestra of ten players. Rehearsals and performances went smoothly due to the high degree of cooperation and commitment from all of these immensely talented artists. And the audience seemed to notice.

Next week I will travel west for the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival to perform works by J.S. Bach, Kenji Bunch, and Charles Martin Loeffler — looking forward to some Oregon time!

Then returning quickly to put on another new work at Galapagos in July, this one by my friend Daniel Felsenfeld.

Looking for Handel this month…? It’s in Princeton. I highly recommend this cast….

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