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.
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. CLARA
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.
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