AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, Resonance Works / Pittsburgh 2019. Photo by Alisa Innocenti.
8 WOODS AND A VAN, Cedar Rapids, Opera Theatre 2019. Photo by Taylor Fiser.
CEDAR RAPIDS OPERA THEATRE commissioned three one-act operas by three different Iowan-based composers for their 21st mainstage season.
by Robert Lindsey-Nassif
GRANT WOOD IN PARIS
by Jean-Fracois Charles
EIGHT WOODS AND A VAN
by Michael Ching
These three unique works range from whimsical, to historical, to experimental as they explore through music and performance the work and life of iconic artist and Cedar Rapids native, Grant Wood.
Robert Lindsey-Nassif captures this in a wonderful farce about the making of the American Gothic. Jean-Francois Charles uses his unique story-telling method and eclectic sound to take us through Grant’s life before, during and after his time in Paris. Michael Ching focuses on Grant’s relationship with Iowa and Iowans through nine vignettes that makes us wonder about the people behind his paintings.
BETWEEN CONSTELLATIONS, Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018. Photo by David Monteith-Hodge.
Between Constellations was chosen to be one of three new work pieces presented at PITTSBURGH FESTIVAL OPERA'S Fight for the Right Workshop.
The new work then premiered at the GRIMEBORN OPERA FESTIVAL with the Mosaic Opera Showcase that celebrated Black and Asian opera makers in the UK and stories yet to be seen and heard in contemporary Britain.
This piece by composer, Ruth Chan; librettist, Zoë Palmer; and dramatist, Jennifer Farmer; explores the themes and interconnections between two seemingly disparate women. In a split-scene, one narrative follows Hannah Feldstein in the 1970s as she juggles the demand of family life whilst dealing with yet another difficult male client. The other follows present-day artist, Suzi Cheung, who struggles to find her artist voice, despite having had a fantastically privileged education.
RAIN, Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018. Photo by David Monteith-Hodge.
Rain by composer, Ruth Chan, and librettist Elaine Ruth White; premiered at the GRIMEBORN OPERA FESTIVAL with the Mosaic Opera Showcase that celebrated Black and Asian opera makers in the UK and stories yet to be seen and heard in contemporary Britain.
In the sleepy south-west, the reservoirs are full, and life for Marcus, Press Officer for Well-in-the-West Water Company, is about the good things: food, food and food. In this scene, it downpours outside on the rooftop terrace. Marcus works away in his office and struggles to find time to eat his delicious Cornish pasty—the only good thing about his day. But after a heated discussion with his boss followed by a candid and heartfelt interaction with a certain cleaner; the river of his life forks.
IL POSTINO, Virginia Opera 2019. Photo by Ben Schill.
Featured Productions include:
Il Postino, Virginia Opera 2019. Directed by Crystal Manich.
Eugene Onegin, Opera Santa Barbara 2019. Directed by Jonathan Fox.
Arabella, Pittsburgh Festival Opera 2018. Directed by Dorothy Danner.
Turandot, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre 2018. Directed by Bill Ferrara.
Pagliacci, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre 2017. Directed by Candace Evans.