Film Set


10 Short Films Based on Favorite Arias

Spring 2021


BOC is thrilled to collaborate with a team of young Boston filmmakers on an exciting project featuring some of the most beloved and beautiful arias from the world of opera. Each aria serves as the inspiration for a new and contemporary story on film.


This production will be performed online, along with conversations with the filmmakers, singers and creative team. More contributing artists to be announced. 


John Bitsas

“Furibondo spira il vento” 

from Händel's Partenope


Jorgeandres Camargo

“La Calunnia”

from Rossini's The Barber of Seville


Junhan Choi

“Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen”

from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt


Gabrielle Clutter

“Song to the Moon”

from Dvořák's Rusalka


Sarah Cooper

“Caro Nome”

from Verdi's Rigoletto

Jessica Jacobs

“Ch’il bel sogno”

from Puccini's La Rondine

Omar Najmi

“Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”

from Lehar's Das Land des Lächelns

Brianna J. Robinson

“Glück, das mir verblieb”

from Korngold's Die Tote Stadt

Emily Siar

“So anch'io la virtu magica”

from Donizetti's Don Pasquale



Creative Team

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Nominated and featured by Art New England Magazine on the cover of the 2019 New Emerging Artists Series, Darren Cole is one of the most exciting young video artists working today.  As a Director of Photography, Cole completed a music video for the Violent Femmes' "I'm Nothing" starring Stefan Janoski which premiered at the MKE (Milwaukee) Film Festival. Cole was also a contributor in the camera department on the film "Markie in Milwaukee" which was Honorable Mention for the Grand Jury Award at SlamDance in 2019. Producing films for director Nora Jaenicke, Cole has produced four films in the past three years with "Proof" still in festival circulation. The quartet of stories ("Joyce", "Whales", "Between Seconds", and "Proof") has been the recipient of over 40 international awards. Most recently, Cole was Co-Producer for "Streaming Outta Fenway" featuring Boston's own Dropkick Murphys and a Double Play with Bruce Springsteen which reached 9 million viewers globally. The show raised $750,000 for multiple charities during the wake of Covid-19 this past spring. It was also the first ever musical performance to be lived-streamed from a major U.S. stadium. As a Visiting Assistant Professor at MassArt, Cole researches the intersection of art and technology as a tool for communication that promotes equity and social justice. 

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Nora Jaenicke is an award-winning filmmaker residing between Berlin and New York City. She grew up in Italy with German parents and studied Film Studies at the European Institute of Design in Rome and Screenwriting at Vancouver Film School. Later on she was able to deepen her studies in Psychology and Creative Writing by obtaining a Bachelors of Liberal Arts at Harvard University Extension Studies, while on a full scholarship. She has worked in Cologne, Germany, for a Documentary Film Production Company and as a Set Designer in Los Angeles, before starting to write and direct her own films. So far Nora has made eight short films that won over 40 Awards at International Festivals all over the world. Her feature length screenplay "Whales" was selected to be a part of the Kitzbuehl Writing Residency in August 2017. She has been a guest lecturer at various universities and teaches a Summer Intensive Course in Filmmaking at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Elba Film Festival.

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Co-Artistic Director

Patricia-Maria Weinmann has worked with many national opera companies and festivals including Utah Opera, Opera on the James, Syracuse Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Seagle Music Colony, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Boston, Ashlawn Opera Festival, the American Opera Project, Opera Providence, and Mississippi Grand Opera.  She has collaborated on a number of premier performances including Daniel Pinkham’s The Cask of Amontillado, the staged orchestral premier of Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston and Wheeler’s Democracy as a work-in-progress for the American Opera Project in New York.  Recent directing engagements have included Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night, Hansel and Gretel, Cosi fan tutte, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Cole!, Cenerentola, Carmina Burana, L’elisir d’amore, Sweeney Todd, Don Pasquale and Faust and Marguerite (BOC). Over the past 20 years, Weinmann served on the faculties of both Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music.  As a guest director and coach for Utah Opera’s Young Artist Program and a faculty member of American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, she continues to train some of the most promising young singers in the United States and abroad. 



Co-Artistic Director

Greg Smucker is a director and teacher of theater and opera. He 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 Opera Studies Department at New England Conservatory of Music and is currently a faculty member of the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  As a freelance director, Greg has directed productions and workshops for theaters and opera companies in Boston and the Twin Cities.

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Music Director

Tian Hui Ng is Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony, the Victory Players, a contemporary music ensemble supported by the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, and resident conductor of the Boston New Music Initiative. An advocate of new music, he has assisted in and premiered new works by Pulitzer and Rome Prize winners Curt Cacioppo, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Sanford, and Joan Tower among many others. Since his first opera, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at age 20, he has conducted many new works including unusual firsts like the first Nigerian opera in Yoruba, Irin Ajo in 2018. His passion for inter-disciplinary and intercultural music making has led to a rich array of work for ballet, film, theatre, installation art, modern dance, animation, sculpture and even sand painting, in a career that spans Europe, Asia and North America. In 2020, he looks forward to the culmination of a three-year commissioning project, El Puerto Rico, celebrating the musical heritage of Puerto Rico, a collaboration with White Snake Projects on Elena Ruehr's Cosmic Cowboy, and the restoration of Thomas de Hartmann's Piano Concerto.  



Vocal Coach 

Jean Anderson Collier coaches opera, art song, and diction at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and also teaches at New England Conservatory. She is the organist and choir director at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scituate, MA, and performs as a collaborative pianist throughout the US and Europe. Former faculty of Miami University, and Cincinnati Christian University. Collier works frequently with Opera Providence, Longwood Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, and is a coach at Northern Arizona University’s summer opera program in Italy, "Flagstaff in Fidenza." She has served as an accompanist and assistant conductor for choruses at Harvard University, and as accompanist and diction coach for the Back Bay Chorale in Boston. She has also worked as a coach at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, and at the summer vocal institute of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Collier is also organist and choir director at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scituate, Mass., where she runs an active recital series. She has also been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and a participant in the Cleveland Art Song Festival. Collier is active as a collaborative pianist around the country and in Europe.

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