With the breathtaking score by Bizet, this video-art opera experience explores the shattering power of love – three dynamic artists are backed by the opera’s unforgettable large choruses.
Directed and Translated by Alison Wong
Music Direction by Timothy Chueng
Video Art and Animation by Leilei Xia
Adonis Abuyen, Zurga
Brian Arreola, Nadir
Teresa Ferrara, Leila
Hidenori Inoue, Nourabad
With the Choirs for Shenandoah Conservatory under the direction of Matthew Oltman
IN Series continues a trilogy of song-films making space for love and loss in the time of COVID with a film weaving Robert Schumann’s song-cycle Frauenliebe und Leben and reflections by essayist Shalom Auslander on finding the value of life in the midst of death.
Filmed at Hopewell Cancer Support
Frauenliebe und Leben by Robert Schumann in a new translation by Anna Deeny Morales
*Chronicle of Death Foretold by Shalom Auslander
Elizabeth Mondragon, mezzo-soprano
Noah Mitchel, reader
Robert Ainsley, music director and pianist
Timothy Nelson, director and concept
filmed by Max Kuzmyak
*used by permission of the author
Puccini's classic is given new force in a theatre experience that reveals the raw humanity behind the epic score. Profoundly arresting, this new version is stripped of the distancing exoticism of the original and returns the structure of the source material that inspired the overwhelming music. Performed in Italian with English subtitles.
concept by Timothy Nelson
music DIrection and arrangement by Jessica Krash
Maribeth Diggle, Butterfly
Brian Arreola, Pinkerton
Elizabeth Mondragon, Suzuki
Eric Grendahl, Sharpless
INspired by Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST, the story of colonization and subjugation is retold from the perspective of Sycorax, mother of Caliban and mistress of Ariel. Without voice in the original, here she has the agency to present her own journey. Told with the music of Billie Holiday (My Man, Strange Fruit, Don’t Explain, God Bless the Child), in poetic-prose written by Sybil Williams, this cabaret-club evening of song, word, and beat explores the experience of peoples enslaved by privilege and even love.
written by Sybil Williams
direction by Alison Wong
music direction by Greg Watkins
Michelle Rogers, Sycorax
Nigel Rowe, Ariel
Jabari Exum, Caliban
Matty Griffiths, Prospero
by American Kate Soper, explores with humor and pathos the experience of Homer’s Odyssean three singers. At once whimsical, witty, wondrous, and weird, this opera portrays the three mythical sirens pondering the meaning of their own beings, the tension of their history and their future, between brief pauses when they woo, wound, and consume the poor sailors passing by. Performed by three sopranos and a piano they themselves manipulate, the work combines singing, speaking, extended vocal techniques, and a wry approach to lyrical anthropology which conjures laughter and contemplation.
by Kate Soper
direction by Brian J. Shaw
The LIFTOFF of our 2020-2021 Season!
With a taste of what's to come and a celebration of the IN Series family.
Featuring the talents of:
Adonis Abuyen, Brian Arreola, Maribeth Diggle, Teresa Ferrara, Joe Haughton, Carla Hubner, Bryan Jackson, Elise Jenkins, Byron Jones, Jarrod Lee, Elizabeth Mondragon, Malcom Payne, Nigel Rowe, David Sanchez, Cara Schaefer, John T.K. Scherch, Paula Sides, Ben Williamson, Melissa Wimbish, Judy Chirinno Yannini, Kristin Young, The Pleiades Project, and the Chorus of Shenendoah University. With Music Direction by Emily Baltzer
And appearances by:
Timothy Nelson, Bari Biern, Melissa Dunphy, Emily Baltzer
Gluck’s revolutionary opera is the first in a trilogy of projects about love and loss in the time of COVID. Real-life husband and wife Benjamin Williamson and Paula Sides take on this story of love at the edge of life and death.
Directed and conceived by Timothy Nelson
In a new poetic translation by Andrew Albin
Music Direction by Simone Luti
Filming by Jan Capinski
Paula Sides / Eurydice
Benjamin Williamson / Orpheus
The Shenandoah Chorus under the direction of Matthew Oltmann
The opera-lover’s opera comes to life in a whole new way. Created as an animated feature and set in Washington DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, this is about coming of age in a quickly changing city and the power of youth to face love, hope, change, and even death.
Directed by Timothy Nelson
Translator - Mario Montenegro
Music Director/Pianist - Carlos Cesar Rodriguez
Judy Chirino / Mimi
Alex Alburqueque / Marcello
Melissa Wimbish / Musetta
Carl DuPont / Schunard
Louis Riva / Rodolfo
Jarrod Lee / Colline
The Shenandoah University Chorus under the direction of Matthew Oltmann.
The transformational and problematic opera is given new life seeking to heal and make space for diverse voices.
Poets Sybil Williams and Jarrod Lee, and director KenYatta Rogers, work with artists of color to tell a deeper story of justice and love.
Carl DuPont, baritone
Edward Graves, tenor
Elise Jenkins, mezzo-soprano
Melissa Wimbish, soprano
Kristin Young, soprano
Made Possible Through Generous Grants from:
The National Endowment for the Arts
MAP Fund of the Rockefeller Foundation
An Episodic Podcast Opera in the Style of a Classic Radio Drama
based on Shakespeare’s MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Concept and creation by Timothy Nelson
Creative Producer, Mauricio Pita
Music by Henry Purcell
Jake Arditti, Oberon
Sara Couden, Fairy-at-Arms/Quince
Carl Dupont, Demetrius/Bottom
Jarrod Lee, Puck/Starveling
Sylvia Leith, Helena/Snug
Lucy Page, Titania
Aaron Sheehan, Lysander/Snout
Melissa Wimbish, Hermia/Flute
John T.K. Scherch, Narrator
Innovatio, led by Timothy Nelson
‘t Kabinet, led by Daniel Boothe
Don't forget to join us in the INcircle Lounge before the premiere at 4:30 PM!
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