On October 28th, scenes from Mrs. President took the stage at the National Opera Center in New York City. The opera by Victoria Bond and Hilary Bell featured Valerie Bernhardt, soprano, as Victoria Woodhull and Scott Ramsay, tenor, as Henry Ward Beecher (the high-powered preacher who is determined to destroy Woodhull). The production marks a series of noteworthy events surrounding the opera, which has continued to gain national attention as the 2016 Presidential Election draws closer.
Ultimately the essence of 27 is the deep love between Alice and Gertrude. Their love duet sung with tenderness and passion by Ms. Blythe and Ms. Stober is an example of Mr. Gordon’s melodic brilliance. And Gertrude’s final moments in the arms of her wife asking “what is the answer?” evoke the essential existentialism at the core of her writings. Exquisitely crafted musically and lyrically… [read full review]
27 is a triumph for Gordon and Vavrek and a tour-de-force for all of the performers.
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For 27, Gordon has done something equally remarkable. The sprightly, piquant and smart interplay of themes instantly evokes the time and tone of Stein’s Paris, and does it by brilliant and intentional musicological design. [read full review]
Cast: Mezzo-soprano, 4 supporting singers (Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass-Baritone)
Instr: 2 2 2 2 AltoSax. – 2 2 2 0; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Pno. Str.
Commission: Commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Premiere: June 14, 2014. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano
Purchase – $75.00
Bach, P.D.Q.Baksa, RobertBernofsky, LaurenBolcom, WilliamBond, VictoriaBresnick, MartinCaltabiano, RonaldDorff, DanielDownard, RobertGordon, Ricky IanGustafson, DwightHailstork, AdolphusHarnick, SheldonLiebermann, LowellPasatieri, ThomasRan, ShulamitRochberg, GeorgeSchuman, WilliamStucky, StevenWeisgall, HugoWelcher, Dan
Atwood, MargaretBaksa, RobertBell, HilaryBurke, DavidCampbell, MarkDenk, JeremyDownard, RobertGordon, Ricky IanHarnick, SheldonHoffman, William M.Joyce, JamesKander, SusanKondek, CharlesLiebermann, LowellMcClatchy, J. D.McQuilkin, FrankPasatieri, ThomasRochberg, GeneSanders, Scott RussellSchickele, PeterVavrek, RoyceWeinstein, ArnoldWelcher, DanWoodruff, Paul
Gordon, Ricky IanBach, P.D.Q.Ran, ShulamitStucky, StevenRochberg, GeorgeWelcher, DanWeisgall, HugoHarnick, SheldonGordon, Ricky IanPasatieri, ThomasHailstork, AdolphusCaltabiano, RonaldDownard, RobertBolcom, WilliamBond, VictoriaBernofsky, LaurenGordon, Ricky IanBond, VictoriaBresnick, MartinLiebermann, LowellSchuman, WilliamGordon, Ricky IanBaksa, RobertGustafson, DwightDorff, DanielWelcher, Dan
Presented at the following times on CET and CET ARTS:
Thursday, June 18 | 9:00 p.m. on CET HD
Thursday, June 18 | 10:30 p.m. on CET HD
Sunday, June 21 | 5:00 p.m. on CET HD
Sunday, June 21 | 9:00 p.m. on CET ARTS
Monday, June 22 | 9:00 a.m. on CET ARTS
Monday, June 22 | 2:00 p.m. on CET ARTS
Monday, June 22 | 6:00 p.m. on CET ARTS
Tuesday, June 23 | 11:00 a.m. on CET ARTS
Tuesday, June 23 | 4:00 p.m. on CET ARTS
Tuesday, June 23 | 11:00 p.m. on CET ARTS
Willamette University Theatre and the Department of Music join forces in the upcoming performance of Thomas Pasatieri‘s comedic opera, The Hotel Casablanca. Inspired by Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear, Pasatieri (composer and librettist) tells the story of a wealthy Texas couple who wants to “toughen up” their 25-year-old nephew from New York. The action transpires at the Double-T Ranch and a seedy hotel, where assorted eccentric guests add to the mayhem of the stay. Read full preview here.
Act One: Scene: “Mister Perez has arrived””
…one of those rarer-than-hens-teeth works: contemporary, well-crafted, richly musical and riotously funny, with a brisk two-hour running time and plenty of roles for energetic young voices.
–Contra Costa Times
Pasatieri evinces the virtues of yesteryear. He delights in uncomplicated melody and transparent harmonies. He writes in a smooth manner that respects the parameters of an artist’s vocal range.