Victoria Bond’s Opera, Mrs. President, Grows in the Polls

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.

Mrs. President is currently being featured on WQXR, I Care If You Listen, and the Huffington Post. Explore excerpts from the opera below and visit www.mrspresidenttheopera.com to learn more.

MasterVoices Bring “27” to New York

On October 20th and 21st, MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) brought 27, an opera by RICKY IAN GORDON and ROYCE VAVREK, to New York City for the first time. The “clever, witty libretto” [Saint Louis Post-Dispatch] of 27 celebrates the life of Gertrude Stein and the legendary salons she hosted at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris. The opera draws the audience into the artistic environment that Stein created and shared with many important artists of the twentieth century including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Man Ray, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. At its core, it is a portrait of a genius and her legacy as knitted to life by Alice B. Toklas, her wife.
Soloists Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober, Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik, were accompanied by the 150 singers of MasterVoices and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (directed by James Robinson and conducted by Ted Sperling). The production was a hit with the New York audiences — find some of the reviews below.
Review from StageBuddy
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]
Review from Q On Stage
27 is a triumph for Gordon and Vavrek and a tour-de-force for all of the performers.
[read full review]
Review from La Scena
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]

Learn More About The Opera Below
Duration: 95′
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
Act I: Prologue, Alice Knits the World
Act IV: “Jury of My Canvas”
Piano/Vocal Score
Purchase – $75.00
Full Score (Acts 1-2)
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Full Score (Acts 3-5)
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Making Morning Star

Making Morning Star
On April 17th the Dayton Jewish Film Festival will present a film that takes a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of Ricky Ian Gordon‘s opera, Morning Star. The short film created by the Academy Award-nominated, Ohio-based filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert includes interviews with the composer Ricky Ian Gordon, librettist William M. Hoffman, and stage director Ron Daniels. Much of the footage was shot in Cincinnati during a 10-day workshop hosted by the Cincinnati Opera and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
Following its premiere in April, CET (Cincinnati’s PBS station) will air the documentary on June 18th, with multiple encores on CET and CET Arts.
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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

Pasatieri’s The Hotel Casablanca Takes the Stage in March

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.

The production, directed by Allison Swensen-Mitchell, runs March 10th through March 13th. Performance details can be found here.
AUDIO EXCERPTS
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

Act Two: Aria: “Well, here I am”

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.

–Financial Times

PURCHASE PIANO/VOCAL SCORE
411-41114

The Hotel Casablanca
A Comic Opera in Two Acts

Music and Libretto by Thomas Pasatieri
411-41114 – Piano/Vocal Score
$40.00