Gotham Chamber Opera

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Some of you may know Olivia Giovetti from WQXR’s opera blog, Operavore; she’s also on Twitter, and several other sites. Olivia attended the opening night of Gotham Chamber Opera's revival of Il sogno di Scipione last April. However, this story is about what happened after the performance: while on the way home, her husband noticed he had lost his keys! So, like any internet-savvy writer, she turned to Twitter as a last resort. 

While her husband ran frantically back to the theater, Olivia searched Twitter for mentions of Scipione and looked for people who were still at the opening night gala. Luckily, one of her friends was indeed still at the gala and managed to recover the keys from under the seat! Just another way that the magic of opera and the Internet collide. The moral of the story, in her own words: “Now when we go out, I carry his keys (and phone and wallet) in my purse…”

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Our Summer 2012 Newsletter "Behind the Curtain" is available for viewing on line or downloading.  In it, you will read about our wonderful Tenth Anniversary Celebration and see photos from our Opening Night Gala for Il sogno di Scipione

Inside:

Greetings from our President
Notes from our Artistic Director
Reviews of Il sogno di Scipione
Singer Spotlights
Composer-in-Residence Profile

and more!

Download your copy of the newsletter here.
 

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Gotham’s Composer-in-Residence: Lembit Beecher Since his appointment as the first Composer-in-Residence (CIR) one year ago, Lembit Beecher has been busy. If you search "Ikea Random Act of Culture" on YouTube, you’ll get a glimpse of his creativity -–and his intimate relationship with his sponsors: Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Music-Theatre Group. In collaboration with the three companies, Beecher divides his time between Philadelphia and New York and has experienced first hand the challenge of composing, staging, and performing opera. The residency, which lasts two more years, will provide him with the opportunity for additional personal and creative growth, combined with collaborations with his mentors and artistic directors.

Beecher, who has degrees from Harvard, Rice, and the University of Michigan, is specifically interested in the concepts of memory, storytelling, and the human relation to place and nature. While at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, Beecher combined these concepts in the multimedia, documentary oratorio And Then I Remember, which won the 2010 Opera Vista competition. He has also received awards from the American Music Center, ASCAP, Society for New Music, and the New York Youth Symphony.

The CIR is funded over five years by a generous $1.4 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and will provide individualized, professional, and creative development for promising opera composers, combined with a living stipend and health benefits. Beecher, excited about the opportunity, said, “This program is a composer’s dream come true. It will give me both freedom to experiment and practical experience that will be invaluable as I continue to develop my craft. I am humbled and excited by the opportunity.”

 

 

 

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