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April 29, 2014

The Raven Ticket Giveaway

Hey Gotham Fans! To prepare for the U.S. Premiere of The Raven, and in the spirit of the NY Phil’s Biennial #letsplaynyp, Gotham Chamber Opera has decided to have a RAVEN TICKET GIVEAWAY. This means you can enter to win a pair of complimentary tickets to our upcoming production of Toshio Hosakawa's The Raven! Either share a photo or video of your favorite artistic expression of Edgar Allen Poe’s THE RAVEN explaining why it's your favorite, or better yet create your own. The most interesting submission, which will be determined by our staff, will win a pair of tickets to see The Raven. If you want to be considered be sure to include the hashtag #ravenconversations with your posted submission on the Facebook Event. The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter May 26th, so let the games begin!

 

Remember, you can do something as classic as a simple reading of the poem such as this one:

 

THE RAVEN

May 28 - 31, 2014

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
524 W. 59th St.
New York City

Presented in collaboration with the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College,

and as part of the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

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Meet the Artists featuring Alessandra Ferri and Fredrika Brillembourg of our upcoming production The Raven presented May 28, 30 & 31st at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater as part of the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

 

Mezzo soprano Fredrika Brillembourg is known for her versatility in roles ranging from the title role in Bizet’s Carmen to Brangäne in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde to Mescalina in Ligeti’s Le Grande Macabre. Her recent appearances include Marco in Tan Dun’s Marco Polo with the Bergen International Festival, Annina in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier with Cincinnati Opera and the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with Komische Oper Berlin. For more insight into Ms. Brillembourg artistry, take a look at this selection from her interview with Opera Teen in 2012.

 

OT: Who inspires you as a singer?

FB: My first opera recording was Callas singing Puccini heroines. I also had a Carmen recording by Rise Stevens. The people who inspire me most, would have to be Jessye Norman, Obraztsova, and so many great singers of today. Since she was my first opera recording, I would have to say Callas is a big inspiration, as well as Crespin, Tebaldi, Cossotto, Zajick and Borodina. My parents were friends with Frank Loesser, and his wife Jo Sullivan Loesser who was singing in Three Penny Opera and many other shows, so I was surrounded with music at a young age.

 

OT: What were your goals as a young singer and what did you do to achieve them?


FB: To be honest I think as a young singer I had no idea what a career as a professional opera singer was all about and my goals were a bit nebulous. My advice to young singers is to study and know as many languages as possible, to educate themselves as much as they can in literature, history, theater, world events and whatever else interests them so they can develop to be a human being who can express their experiences and feelings as an artist with their voice on the stage. Every career has it’s own individual path and as a young singer it can be daunting if one is not winning competitions, getting summer apprentice jobs and young artists positions. I never really did any of those “normal” steps and I did not go to a conservatory to study either. My career started a bit later than most and has been unconventional. My advice would be that if someone is dedicated to make their life in opera they should just keep pursuing it no matter what obstacles come in their way and that eventually the talent has to come out. Perseverance is very important and to not look always to see what others are getting, try to keep faith in oneself.  It is a long challenging road but full of amazing music. 

For the complete interview visit:

http://operateen.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/interview-with-mezzo-soprano-fredrika brillembourg/                                        

 

 

 

          

Alessandra Ferri is a former prima ballerina assoluta with the Royal Ballet (1980–1984), American Ballet Theatre (1985–2007) and La Scala Theatre Ballet (1992–2007). Ms. Ferri’s recent projects include The Piano Upstairs at Spoleto, for which she is also choreographer, Ele­onora Duse at La Scala, a new bal­let created for her by John Neumeier and Chéri at the off-Broadway Sig­na­ture Theatre, a new work by Martha Clarke based on Colette’s novel. Below are a few quotes from a New York Times interview with Ms. Ferri about her recent return to the stage in Cheri.

“In my path as a dancer, I’ve always been interested in crossing the boundaries slightly between dance and theater,” she said. “More and more, I want to use my language to act.”

“Chéri” is about the end of a relationship, a circumstance she recently experienced in her personal life.

“Life is always surprising, and surprises are a good sign. It means we are still in the middle of our path.” Finding “Chéri” along that path was fortuitous. “I definitely felt I understood this woman very well,” Ms. Ferri said. “She is my age, and I think how important it is to have the chance of being who you are. So many times, particularly in dance, you grow as a human being, but the roles are always the same.”

For the complete interview visit:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/arts/music/alessandra-ferri-returns-to-the-stage-in-cheri.html?_r=0

 

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Since Gotham Chamber Opera last collaborated with Ms. Mazzoli in May 2013 at Le Poisson Rouge, her work has been performed at venues throughout the USA and Canada. In February, as part of the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival at Carnegie Hall, Ms. Mazzoli and her all female ensemble, Victoire, teamed up with Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche for a new collaboration featuring the world premiere of Ms. Mazzoli's Vespers for a New Dark Age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, Ms. Mazzoli was recently featured at Opera Philadelphia’s Double Exposure series, where they previewed her new opera Breaking the Waves, based on the 1996 Cannes Grand Prix-winning film of Lars von Trier, with libretto by Royce Vavrek. A selection from the piece was first presented as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2013 Next Wave Festival. Breaking the Waves will also be featured as part of OPERA America’s 2014 New Works Sampler on June 22nd in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many artists are taking note of Ms. Mazzoli’s compositions and spreading the word including the Kronos quartet, L.A. Phil New Music Group, Roomfull of Teeth and internationally renown classical pianist Emanuel Ax, who has recently turned his attention to playing works of modern composers. Mr. Ax will be performing compositions by Ms. Mazzoli throughout the spring in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York's Carnegie Hall.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming performances for Ms. Mazzoli include a collaboration with the Young People Chorus of New York and Victorie on April 25th at 92Y.  To find a performance of Ms. Mazzoli’s work near you, or for tickets and information on upcoming performances, visit www.missymazzoli.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo 1 Victoire and Glen Kotche at the 2014 Ecstatic Music Festival at Carnegie Hall © Michael Woody

Photo 2 "Breaking the Waves"  © Dominic Mercier

Photo 3 Mizzy Mazzoli Headshot © Stephen Taylor

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