Best of 2018: Holiday CD and Opera Recording

Best of 2018: Holiday CD, Opera Recording Best Holiday CD Nine Lessons and Carols: 100 Years King’s College Choir, Stephen Cleobury, Director Choir of King’s College label   2018 is the hundredth anniversary of Lessons and Carols at King’s College (and ninetieth year of radio broadcasts of the event). In order to celebrate, the ChoirContinue reading “Best of 2018: Holiday CD and Opera Recording”

RIP Matt Marks (1980-2018)

All of us at Sequenza 21 are saddened to learn of the passing of Matt Marks. A musical polymath, he was a composer, new music advocate, provocative Twitter presence, co-founder and key organizer of New Music Gathering, and a versatile performer, both a vocalist-actor in various projects and a founding member of the ensemble Alarm Will Sound, in which he played FrenchContinue reading “RIP Matt Marks (1980-2018)”

Best Contemporary Opera Recording 2017: Andriessen’s “Theatre of the World”

Louis Andriessen Theatre of the World Leigh Melrose, Lindsey Kesselman, Marcel Beekman, Steven van Watermeulen, Mattijs van de Woerd, Cristina Zavalloni, vocal soloists Los Angeles Philharmonic, Reinbert de Leeuw, conductor Nonesuch 2xCD   Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s 2016 opera, Theatre of the World, subtitled “A Grotesque in Nine Scenes,” is a fantastical portrait of SeventeenthContinue reading “Best Contemporary Opera Recording 2017: Andriessen’s “Theatre of the World””

Friday: Ueno Opera at Sawdust

At National Sawdust on Friday April 7th at 7 PM, Opera Cabal presents the premiere of Ken Ueno’s new opera Aeolus. Joined by vocalist Majel Connery and Flux Quartet, Ueno performs throughout the opera. His fascinating blend of vocal techniques includes microtonal inflections, megaphone-amplified directives, and throat-singing. Electronics, video projections, and an architecturally conceived set design converge to make Aeolus a potent multimedia concoction. I recently caught upContinue reading “Friday: Ueno Opera at Sawdust”

BMOP Records Thomson and Premieres Sanford

Virgil Thomson – Gertrude Stein Four Saints in Three Acts; Capital Capitals   Charles Blandy, tenor; Simon Dyer, bass; Aaron Engebreth, baritone; Andrew Garland, baritone; Tom McNichols, bass; Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, mezzo-soprano; Sarah Pelletier, soprano; Deborah Selig, soprano; Sumner Thompson, baritone; Lynn Torgove, mezzo-soprano; Stanley Wilson, tenor; Boston Modern Orchestra, Gil Rose, conductor   BMOP/Sound 1049Continue reading “BMOP Records Thomson and Premieres Sanford”

ECCE Ensemble Premieres “Switch”

On February 12-14 and February 19-20, ECCE Ensemble premieres Switch, a new opera by my friend and colleague composer John Aylward. Directed by Laine Rettmer and conducted by Jean-Phillipe Wurtz, the piece features two vocalists: soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and bass-baritone Mikhail Smigelsk.  The project is part of ECCE’s year-long residence at Le Laboratoire, aContinue reading “ECCE Ensemble Premieres “Switch””

Ardea Arts Celebrates Christmas and Mayer’s 90th Birthday

Composer William Mayer turned ninety this past November. On Friday December 11th,  Ardea Arts has supplied him with a slightly belated birthday gift, and audiences with a treat, by presenting his one-act opera One Christmas Long Ago (1962). It will be performed in concert at Metro Baptist Church. The cast features baritone Ron Loyd, tenor Anthony Webb, and soprano Julianne Borg,Continue reading “Ardea Arts Celebrates Christmas and Mayer’s 90th Birthday”

Trailer for Experiments in Opera’s opener

Halloween week just got spookier … Experiments in Opera’s Season Opener Features Works by Zorn, Pavone, Cady and Welch Saturday November 2, 8pm at Abrons Art Center Playhouse 466 Grand Street, New York. $30 general, $20 students One night only – will sell out! Call Theatermania at 212-352-3101 or visit http://www.AbronsArtsCenter.org