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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rinaldo fundraising

We are currently raising funds for Handel’s Rinaldo.

Production details:

Tuesday and Thursday, June 14 and 16, 2016, both at 7:00 PM — Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City — the complete opera in concert with baroque orchestra.

Featuring countertenor Randall Scotting in the title role, baritone Franco Pomponi as Argante, sopranos Christine Arand and Malia Bendi Merad, and more — for complete cast biographies please click here.

Please show your financial support by offering your donation of any size. There are two ways to make your tax-deductible contribution via our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. To donate by credit card, click here:

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Or to donate by check, please send contributions to:

operamission, 853 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2A, New York, NY 10019

Checks should be made payable to Fractured Atlas, with “operamission” in the memo line.

operamission is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of operamission must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

All donations made on or before June 6 will go directly toward this exciting production. Please don’t hesitate to share this webpage with anyone you think might be interested in hearing about operamission’s work.

We hope you enjoy Tomi Um‘s original illustration for our production! Simply click on it to access complete ticket and press information!

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Announcing…

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Original illustration by Tomi Um

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Tickets for Tuesday, June 14

Tickets for Thursday, June 16

Biographies of the cast

PDF of postcard

Press release

PDF of printed synopsis-translation

Donate now!

This Rinaldo production is part of the first annual…

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#musochat

Sunday, December 6 Jennifer Peterson hosted Musochat on Twitter. The topic was New Opera

The complete conversation has been compiled on Storify.

Another conversation happened January 31, Making it Happen – here is the Storify.

Musochat happens every Sunday evening at 9pm ET, join us any time by just using the #musochat hashtag on Twitter!

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handel opera roles

operamission has created a resource for impresarios, singers, coaches, and all other interested parties interested in Handel’s operas

Compiled by Jennifer Peterson, four helpful charts are now available for purchase on Scribd.

1. Roles by voice type

2. Male treble rolesincluding range and tessitura

3. Tenor and bass roles, including range, tessitura, and complete listing of arias

4. Female alto roles, including range, tessitura, brief character description, and listing of arias

Please contact Jennifer directly for any questions or comments on these charts, or if you would like suggestions on how best to make use of them for your particular needs!

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artist recital livestream


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to lie with him

New opera and songs by Clint Borzoni at 8pm on May 21, 2015…

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An opera for two baritones, two male dancers, string quartet, percussion, poems by Gavin Geoffrey Dillard – thank you Clint Borzoni and John de los Santos for bringing this unique work to operamission’s attention.  Baritones Grant Youngblood and Michael Weyandt will sing the first three of five ‘exchanges’ of Borzoni’s When Adonis Calls with the full ensemble, open to the public, paired with the world premiere of his song cycle for countertenor Daniel Bubeck.

More info:to lie with him postcard back

Links: press release and tickets

And for tickets for the Artist Recital Series as well, all seats $20!

Read more about new opera When Adonis Calls at whenadoniscalls.com.

Please spread the news opera operamission‘s operas and concerts, help support, and come enjoy our shows.  Contact Jennifer if you would like to volunteer or help in any way.

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artist recital series

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The final Thursday of each month, we are presenting a 90-minute program of great singers in both the traditional and lesser-known art song repertoire.

Tickets for the first three programs are currently on sale for $20 at operamission.brownpapertickets.com.

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Please offer your support for future productions!

The first three recitals in the series are March 26, April 30, and May 28, 2015, all at 8:00 PM in the Rehearsal Hall of the National Opera Center at OPERA America located at 330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th Street), 7th floor, New York, NY 10001. Wine and cheese will be served.

The Programs

recital 1 picsMarch 26, 2015 – GERMAN SONG: A TOUR – tenor Mark Duffin, baritone Grant Youngblood, soprano Elisabeth Turchi, countertenor David Stanley

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Liederkreis an die ferne Geliebte, sung by tenor MARK DUFFIN, and Richard Strauss’ Opus 27 (“Ruhe, meine Seele,” “Cäcilie,” “Heimliche Aufforderung,” and “Morgen!”), sung by baritone GRANT YOUNGBLOOD, present the universal themes that bear the burden of our personal dramas.  Soprano ELISABETH TURCHI and countertenor DAVID STANLEY tie together the themes with a rich selection of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, and Hugo Wolf in an elegantly curated program.

Please join us for this distinctive program.  Tickets are $20, wine and cheese included.

PDF of March 26 program

PDF of April 30 program

recital 2 picsApril 30, 2015 – SCHUMANN, DEBUSSY, GRIEG – tenor David Kellett, soprano Lauren Kelleher, baritone Brian Mextorf

Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe, tenor DAVID KELLETT
Claude Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées, soprano LAUREN KELLEHER
Edvard Grieg’s Six Songs, Op. 48, baritone BRIAN MEXTORF

klein sogioka picsMay 28. 2015
Tenor Adam Klein‘s Schwanengesang by Franz Schubert is paired with mezzo-soprano Kimberly Sogioka‘s Les nuits d’été in Hector Berlioz’ original 1841 version.

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