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 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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