OPERA BRITTENICA ANNOUNCES A VERY UNIQUE AUDITION FOR CO-PRODUCTION OF OPERA "NOLI ME TANGERE" WITH KGB PRODUCTIONS OF CHICAGO!
sunday November 13, 2016 (4-9pm)
Opera Brittenica is thrilled to partner with KGB Productions of Chicago, and the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Filipino Artists Inc. to bring the opera "Noli Me Tangere" to Boston in June 2017. This is a fully paid professional production, and will rehearse for approximately 2 weeks prior to the performances (TBA - Late June). The opera is in the Tagalog language, but written in a very Italianately romantic musical voice. While there are bound to be language barriers for the performers, for the auditions we will be requesting ONLY standard repertoire, in the romantic italian/french canon. If cast in the Boston production, there will be extensive language coaching, and a possible opportunity to continue on to other locations in America and abroad. For questions, please feel free to email OPERABRITTENICA@GMAIL.COM, but please read the following excerpts, and source material about the opera!
From the Washington Post
DEAREST OPERA BRITTENICA FAMILY,
Thank you so much for your interest in and support of Opera Brittenica for the last two years as we sought to bring innovative, high quality, accessible productions to the Boston audience.
Unfortunately, even with relentless effort, we did not meet the fundraising goals that we were expecting and looking forward to for to support this season and the future of Opera Brittenica. While we will continue to strive to find those funds that will allow us to produce the calibre of production that Boston had come to expect from us, and that quality which has led you all to us, at this moment it is unlikely to manifest itself during the 2015-2016 season.
In trying every possible way to salvage this, it has been suggested that we continue on, and simply not pay performers as "they all want the opportunity to work on this repertoire." I have been in too many conversations like this, and I find it both insulting that many would suggest that artists work without pay (would a plumber work without pay?) and secondly that we could just "put on the show" without consideration to production values. While community theatre/opera has a wonderful place in the world, there are enough companies like that, and we at Opera Brittenica refuse to have something amateur looking on the stage, even if the singing is world class!
While I on one hand have said much about the socio-economic barrier that exists in the opera world, and how we should make opera more accessible to people regardless of their ability to afford orchestra seating at the MET, I also have ethical objections to artists working for free after the first year in productions - even at the risk of canceling (or hopefully, only postponing) production.
All of this said, I just want to let you know how much I respect and thank you all for the amount of time and dedication that you have given to advancing the production of non-traditional works and supporting emerging artists that have been engaged by Opera Brittenica in this wonderful town that we call home.
While this seems like the end, it is only a temporary pause, as we cannot keep from producing such art! All it will take is for us to find some way to financially sustain it, and we will be right back to producing such experiences as audience participatory opera, and non-conventional location stagings.
Please do feel free to be in touch with any suggestions, comments, memories, words of encouragement or any other thoughts, should you have any to share, and should we come into a windfall, trust that you all will be the first to know!
Wishing you and yours all the absolute best for a wonderful holiday season, filled with family, friends, and of course, wonderful music.
December 07, 2015
Opera Brittenica's Spring 2015 Chamber Music Concert - March 6, 2015
SATURDAY NIGHT'S PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED: ALL TICKETS FOR FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2015 WILL BE ON SALE FOR $10 SUGGESTED DONATION AT THE DOOR OR BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW.
Opera Brittenica presents a concert of chamber music by Benjamin Britten. This concert will feature some of the finest musicians in Boston performing some rarely heard works for quartet and trio.
THANK YOU Boston.
GREAT THANKS to an extremely generous donor, and supporter of Opera Brittenica's vision and production concepts. We were very fortunate that we were able to offer $55 tickets for each of the three performances, and sold out 2 of the 3 nights! Of course, the total number of people that were able to see the performance did not even come close to those that wanted to see it. For that reason, we have decided to perform the production in a much more scaled down (concert version) at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Central Square Cambridge in early 2015. Keep looking here for date!
"the turn of the screw"
STAGE DIRECTOR........................ROXANNA MYHRUM
MUSIC DIRECTOR.............. MARNEN LAIBOW-KOSER
COSTUME DESIGN ..................... KRISTEN CONNOLLY
CAST (IN ORDER OF VOCAL APPEARANCE)
FLORA ..................................................EMILY THORNER
MRS. GROSE....................................REBECCA TEETERS
GOVERNESS........................................... TAMARA RYAN
PETER QUINT.......................................GARRY MCLINN
MISS JESSEL................................... DEANNA TISDALE
* = DENOTES COVER
Our audience immersion, performance experience of Benjamin Britten's "The Turn of the Screw" was performed in an existing house in Brookline, as opposed to a traditional theatre. Because of this, there were only 30 tickets per show available for each of the 3 performances, totaling 90 people in Boston had the opportunity to see this production, over Halloween Weekend (October 30, 31, November 1.)
We are THRILLED to announce that Opera Brittenica has been invited to come into residency at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Central Square Cambridge MA, and so each of our concerts will be performed in the beautiful sanctuary. For more information about the culture of worship at St. Peter's, please click here.
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