A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, opera a cappella now available at Albany Records

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Venturing out

 

After a year of zooms and videos, I'm venturing out to Fargo to conduct the Barber of Seville. 

It's not quite an in person event. We are prerecording the singers and the orchestra; staging the cast; then video taping the show for webcast in mid April. Still, it will be good to be collaborating live with folks like Hilary Ginther, Joshua Kohl, and Jesus Murillo



Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Thanks to the organizations that commissioned, produced, and performed my work in 2020. And thanks to those who tried to and couldn't. Heres to a healthy and tuneful 2021. 

 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Completing the Picture at Opera Company of Middlebury

 The Opera Company of Middlebury  recently did the first video production of my opera with Victoria Panella, COMPLETING THE PICTURE. The original production at Utah Opera (see lower video) was done in the spirit of an S/A/T/B school show. The new production is a much more somber docu-opera. See if you've got a favorite.


Completing the Picture at Opera Company of Middlebury



Completing the Picture at Utah Opera


Monday, October 12, 2020

Scooted and Voted

Participated in nicely organized early voting on the Iowa State campus today. Here's a song about how I feel about it over on soundcloud. 

 

Friday, September 25, 2020

Promo for Dinner 4 3

Here's the promo for DINNER 4 3, the new short opera I've written with librettist Deborah Brevoort for Fargo-Moorhead Opera. The video stars Kate Jackman, David Hamilton, and Josh Kohl. It was directed by Fred Heringes. Wayne McConnell was the videographer for Click Content Studios.

The premiere is October 16th online. The ten minute opera is part of a group of companies that are each commissioning operas inspired by Boccacio's DECAMERON. 

 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Dinner 4 3

 It continues to be a productive quarantine. Just finished up a little 10 minute web opera called DINNER 4 3. They have recorded it, filmed it up in Fargo and it will be released in October as part of a series.

Here's an article about it in the Fargo paper.

And here's a link to the entire Decameron Opera Coalition which has short operas from places across the country. 






Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Finale to ALL DRESSED UP

 

Here's the finale to L'arietta Production's ALL DRESSED UP (No Place to Go). It was the only ensemble in the set of nine. You can see their entire series now. These pieces are now integrated into SPEED DATING TONIGHT! as options 76-82. When SpDT! gets to a hundred options, I'm going to stop. 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Video #3 from Singapore


This is the title song of the series "All Dressed Up (No Place to Go)" The performer, Reuben Lai, is one of the co-founders of L'arietta Productions

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Video #2 from Singapore

L'arietta Productions, was scheduled to do Speed Dating Tonight! this spring in Singapore. They were one of several productions that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They pivoted and commissioned a series of eight pieces that were an exploration of the dating characters as they were stuck at home. The pieces run a gamut of emotions--cheerful/depressed, resigned/resolved. Here's the second one, Sweatpants, sung by Vanessa Kee.




Friday, July 3, 2020

Going online due to COVID

A company in Singapore, L'arietta Productions, was scheduled to do Speed Dating Tonight! this spring. They were one of several productions that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They pivoted and commissioned a series of eight pieces that were an exploration of the dating characters as they were stuck at home. The pieces run a gamut of emotions--cheerful/depressed, resigned/resolved. Here's the first one, Shirt!, sung by Leslie Tay.