Entries from THE DRESSING tagged with 'Mark Campbell'

WNO American Opera Initiative #4--A Deluge of New Chamber Operas

On December 2, 2015, the 7 P.M. house at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater was full for the fourth annual Washington National Opera American Opera Initiative. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello in introducing the program of three new twenty-minute chamber operas said there is no other program in the United States quite like this one, which gets backing from a major opera company including seasoned mentors (2015 mentors are conductor John DeMain, composer Ricky Ian Gordon, and librettist Mark Campbell) and outstanding singers from WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. The Dresser finds this program and its popularity (given the Terrace...

Finding They in As One, An Opera on Transgender

The world of a transgender is confusing for everyone. In As One, a new chamber opera by composer Laura Kaminsky with libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, two players are scripted to represent one character that is evolving as a woman named Hannah. At the Atlas Performing Arts Center for four performances in October 2015, As One presented by UrbanArias and developed by American Opera Projects features baritone Luis Alejandro Orozco as Hanna Before and mezzo-soprano Ashley Cutright as Hannah After. This 75-minute opera unfolds in three parts and is accompanied by an active string quartet conducted by Robert...

Balance and Dislocation: WNO Premiers Three Short Operas

On November 21, 2014, American Opera Initiative, Washington National Opera's, program to develop and produced new American operas, presented three twenty-minute operas employing the considerable talents of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and other established young talent including Alexandra Christoforakis and Andrew McLaughlin. Advising the composer-librettist pairs were conductor Anne Manson, composer Jake Heggie, and librettist Mark Campbell. The Dresser's favorite and the best defined in the category of opera is "The Investment" by composer John Liberatore and librettist Niloufar Talebi. The musical opening of this opera features the rich voice of a cello quickly joined by bass, violin, flute, and percussion....

Birthing New Opera in the Nation's Capital

Where can you experience new American opera? With any regularity, the only place has been New York and most significantly New York City Opera's VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab. But maybe occurrence of this kind of risky programming (the producers of opera fear no one will show up and fill their seats) is changing. On November 19, 2012, Washington National Opera launched its American Opera Initiative, a public workshop for encouraging new American opera in small bytes. The program--a concert-style world premier--featured three 20-minute operas: Part of the Act by Liam Wade and John Grimmett, Charon by Scott Perkins and...

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