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

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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

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The Hotel Casablanca
A Comic Opera in Two Acts

Music and Libretto by Thomas Pasatieri
411-41114 – Piano/Vocal Score
$40.00
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Morning Star featured at 2016 Opera America Conference

Ricky Ian Gordon‘s most recent opera, Morning Star, will be featured on the New Works Sampler at the 2016 Opera America Conference in Montréal, Canada. On May 20th, artists will perform select scenes from the opera in front leading Artistic Directors and Music Directors from around the country. The event has become an important part of Opera America’s annual conference and is designed to showcase the organization’s core commitment to new work development.

Morning Star was premiered by Cincinnati Opera on June 30, 2015. Based on Sylvia Regan’s play and on parallels with the composer’s own family, the opera is a deeply touching character piece about life among Jewish immigrants in New York City’s Lower East Side. The diverse cast of Haitian, Irish, and Italian characters set a fitting backdrop of lower Manhattan in the first part of the 20th century. Hope blossoms and is dashed as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, World War I, and the Great Depression lead to death, divorce, and despair. Through it all, Ricky Ian Gordon’s engaging score and William M. Hoffman’s colorful libretto maintain charming threads of love, optimism, comedy, and tragedy.
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MORNING STAR
An Opera in Two Acts

Music by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by William M. Hoffman
411-41145 – Piano/Vocal Score
$80.00
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27 at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Opera performs Ricky Ian Gordon‘s opera, 27, February 20, 2016 – February 28, 2016.

Spotlighting Pittsburgh native Gertrude Stein, Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27 premiered in June 2014 and is already acclaimed for its “quick-witted libretto,” “serious fun” and “tuneful score.” 27 is named for the address of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas’s salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus in Paris, and is a humorous snapshot of the women’s shared lives and their famous visitors, including Picasso, Hemingway, and Matisse. Perfectly scaled for the intimate environs of Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, 27 is a new production that will star its Resident Artists.

Sung in English with English texts projected above the stage.

Preview from TribLIVE
Preview from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Review from TribLIVE

27 (Piano/Vocal Score, Rental)
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Duration: 95’
Cast: Mezzo-soprano, 4 supporting singers singing a variety of roles (Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass-Baritone)
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Kbd. Str.

Listen to Scenes from 27

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Bond’s Clara part of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival

This year’s Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival included a staged workshop performance of the opera Clara, with music by Victoria Bond and libretto by Barbara Zinn Krieger. Inspired by the life of Clara Schumann, the opera focuses on her tormented relationship with her father, her tempestuous romance with Robert Schumann and her struggle to balance family obligations with a brilliant career.

A packed house enthusiastically welcomed the new work on April 27th. Featured singers included Meredith Mecum, Benjamin Bloomfield, Robert Osborne, Paul Han, Marisan Corsino, Joseph Eletto, and Yiselle Blum. Renowned Metropolitan opera star Martina Arroyo served as artistic adviser.

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Music by Victoria Bond
Libretto by Barbara Zinn Krieger
Duration: ca. 2 hours
Instrumentation: Piano, String Quartet
Cast: 2 Soprano, 2 Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, 2 Baritone, Bass-baritone

This is an opera-in-progress, available for premiere.
For more information, see www.victoriabond.com or contact info@victoriabond.com

Watch scenes from Act I of Clara

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