Our 2nd Annual Feast of 10-Minute Operas
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LONGY SCHOOL OF MUSIC OF BARD COLLEGE
NOVEMBER 11 – 13, 2016
With funding from the Alice M. Ditson Fund
Opera Bites is back!
Join us for another fabulous evening of opera and revelry in a cabaret style setting, featuring eight short works — including six brand new commissions and world-premieres!
Developed in partnership with Longy, the evening includes works by composers Jonathan Bailey Holland, Tom Cipullo, Daniela DeMatos*, John Greer, Eva Kendrick*, Rhiannon Randle, Tony Solitro* and Jeremy Van Buskirk*.
Enjoy a delicious program of bite-sized opera — performed in English with piano accompaniment — along with festive food and drink!
* Longy alum or faculty member
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"An operatic feast for the common man….opera seemed more relevant than ever."
“....In the contemporary classical ethos, some very strong dramatic and humorous moments emerged with surprising emotional power....”
“...the simultaneously dense and comical nature of the situation is brought to the foreground strikingly and powerfully...”
(American Flag by Eva Kendrick, libretto by Sylvia Reed)
(Boston Music Intelligencer)
8 short operas.
Hors d'oeuvres & wine.
Sung in English.
Cast & Creative Team
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Salvatoe Atti is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see his full bio.
Originally from Chicago, IL, soprano Melanie Bacaling currently resides in Boston and is active in the local opera scene as a singer, stage manager, educator, and director. Ms. Bacaling received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy from The Boston Conservatory. She is currently a student of Michael Hanley.
Scott Ballantine is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see his full bio.
A native of Winter Park, FL, Ms. Brown holds a BM with Honors from Stetson University and a MM from the Boston Conservatory. Boston-based mezzo-soprano Britt Brown's 2015-16 season included winning the 1st Place prize in the NATSAA recital competition for the New England Region, and the Lee Cass Award at the National Competition in Chicago. Recent performances with Boston Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, and Boston Midsummer Opera.
Allesandra Cionco, soprano, completed her Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory in 2010. Since then, she has been a performing member of Boston Opera Collaborative, where she has also served as the Director of Internal Operations for 3 seasons and is now entering her first season as the Managing Director. Recent roles include The Maid (Four Sisters), Sophie (Werther), Emmie (Albert Herring), and Diana (Orpheus in the Underworld).
Rhaea is a Boston-based soprano who received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Master of Music degree from the Longy School of Music. She is equally at home in opera, art song, lieder, and oratorio. She is also a lover of musical theatre and has most recently appeared as Maria (West Side Story) in Durban, South Africa, as well as a tribute to the beloved music of Stephen Sondheim in Mission Viejo, California.
California native Dustin Damonte just completed a summer as a young artist at the Seagle Music Colony where he performed the roles of the doctor in Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella and premiered the role of O.B. Conway in Evan Mack’s Roscoe. He will be a Young Artist for the spring and summer season for Des Moines Metro Opera. Dustin received his master’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory, and studies with Michael Meraw.
A native of Rush, New York, Carley completed her MM at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and her BM from the American University. She has appeared here and abroad with Emerald City Opera, the Bach Sinfonia, the Polymnia Choral Society, the BACH Orchestra in Yekaterinburg, Russia, the Vladimir Symphony Orchestra, the American University Symphonic Orchestra and Chamber Singers, the Madrigirls of Glasgow, Scotland, and Emmanual Music.
A native of northeastern Connecticut, Laura is now based in Boston after completing a BM in Voice Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a MM in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and has performed a variety of operatic roles from Baroque to contemporary. Festivals include the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, CoOPERAtive in Princeton, New Jersey, and Oberlin in Italy in Arezzo, Italy.
Shannon obtained her MM from The Boston Conservatory and her BM from Ithaca College. Performances with BOC include: Opera Bites in 2015 and 2016 and Our Town. She has performed with MetroWest Opera in Hansel and Gretel, NEMPAC in Die Fledermaus, and was a Resident Artist at the Atlantic Music Festival singing scenes from Rigoletto and L’elisir d’amore. She was top 20 finalist for the Classical Singer Competition – Young Artist Division.
Jess is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music (Masters of Music and Artist Diploma). She has received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, received the Bel Canto Award in the 2016 Orpheus Vocal Competition, and was a semi-finalist in Opera Theater Pittsburgh’s 2015 Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. Festivals include CCM Spoleto, Italy and Sugar Creek Opera.
Fausto Miro is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see his full bio.
Tamara is a graduate of the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music and is committed to bringing opera to a new generation of audiences. Companies and festivals include Opera Saratoga, Emerald City Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, MetroWest Opera, Longwood Opera, Operahub, Harvard Early Music Society, Opera Fayetteville, Lowell House Opera, the Savannah Children's Choir, Orchestra 2001, and Opera Brittanica.
Eric Vinas is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see his full bio.
Jean Anderson Collier is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.
Patricia Au is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.
Monica Daly is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.
Stephanie Mao is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.
Brendon Shapiro is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see his full bio.
Stage Directors & Assistant Directors
Kristin Holland Bohr is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.
Adrienne Boris is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.
Tommy Neblett is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.
Greg studied with the late Wesley Balk, a noted pioneer in the field of singer-actor training. Greg was co-founder and artistic director of 15 HEAD, a critically acclaimed experimental theater company in Minneapolis and served as managing director of Theatre for Young America in Kansas City, a professional theater for children. Greg served for seven years on the faculty of the New England Conservatory and is currently a faculty member of the American Institute for Musical Studies in Austria.
Weinmann has worked with Opera on the James, Utah Opera, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Boston, Ashlawn Opera Festival, and American Opera Project. Weinmann has served on the faculties of both the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory and is guest director for Utah Opera’s Young Artist Program.
Ingrid Oslund is a guest in our performance. Please scroll down this page to see her full bio.
ELLEN 1: Carley DeFranco
ELLEN 2: Allie Cionco
JOE 1: Fausto Miro
JOE 2: Salvatore Atti
Accompanied by piano
Music by Jonathan Bailey Holland
Libretto by Jon Jory
Music Director: Brendon Shapiro
Stage Director: Greg Smucker