An Immersive Song Cycle Experience
Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben
Argento's From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
January 6 - 8, 2017
“...Mirror is a touching, thought-provoking evening of music theater that will have you discussing not just the lives and loves of women then and now, but also the brave, bright future of young opera companies such as this one .”
Boston Music Intelligencer http://www.classical-scene.com/2017/01/08/boc-mirror/
“....contrasting the song cycles is a beautiful idea, made more elegant by the choice to stage the show piece by piece in the labyrinthine Zabriskie House mansion at the Longy School of Music. What a wonderful concept, realized in immersive detail..”
The New England Theater Geek
http://www.netheatregeek.com/2017/01/11/mirror-immerses- audience-in-both-moving-show-and-modern-complexities-of- womanhood/#more-2889
Come celebrate the New Year with us as we present two stunning song cycles in an immersive performance that pairs Schumann’s beloved Frauenliebe und -leben with Argento’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf – a physical and musical journey through the lives of two women separated by a century of changing expectations and aspirations.
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres served before, during and after the event.
Both works explore eight moments from the lives of two women: the first, a young woman falling in love, and the second, a celebrated writer falling into depression and madness.
Staged in rooms throughout Longy’s historic Zabriskie House mansion, this production allows 15 patrons at a time to follow the characters throughout the house.
The performance lasts approximately 80 minutes.
Performed in German and English with piano accompaniment.
Originally developed in partnership with
Longy School of Music of Bard College.
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In this immersive experience, you'll hear two song cycles
performed in rooms throughout Longy's Zabriskie house.
In each room, two singers and a pianist perform one song from each cycle
before leading you and a small group of audience members through the halls,
the down staircases and around the hidden recesses of this magnificent old mansion,
taking you to the next room and the next pair of songs.
As you move from room to room, you'll also move through the moments -
some slight, some monumental - that shape the lives of two women
separated by a century of change.
Cast & Creative Team
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Tasha hails from Missoula, Montana. She is active on the roster for Boston Lyric Opera and BOC and earned her MM from The Boston Conservatory. In 2015, Ms. Anderson was awarded 3rd Place in Opera and the Encouragement Award in Art Song from The American Prize, and this year was a finalist in the professional divisions of both the National Opera Center’s Dominick Argento Competition and the Classical Singer Competition. Festivals include Seagle Music Colony and Chautauqua Opera.
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.
Julia received her master’s degree from Boston University and bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. She has performed with the Boston Early Music Festival, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, Emmanuel Music, and Handel and Haydn Society. Festivals include the Amherst Early Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, International Baroque Institute at Longy, Pacific MusicWorks, and the Vancouver Early Music Festival.
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.
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.
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.
Krista received her BM and MM in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In 2015 as a Young Artist with Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater, Krista covered the roles of Aldonza, Antonia and Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha. She has also performed with Central City Opera, Odyssey Opera, Boston Opera Collaborative, MetroWest Opera, New Voices Opera and the Bay View Music Festival.
Susannah received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire and received her Master of Music degree from Longy School of Music of Bard College. While earning her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, Thornton performed the role of L’Enfant/ L’Enfant et les Sortileges) as well as studying Hermia/Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dorabella/Cosi fan tutte), and Cherubino/The Marriage of Figaro. Companies include Opera by the Bay in Hingham, MA.
Jean Anderson Collier is a guest artist in our performance. Please scroll down on this page for her full bio.
Patricia Au is a guest artist in our performance. Please scroll down on this page for her full bio.
Brendon Shapiro is a guest artist in our performance. Please scroll down on this page for his full bio.
Chelsea Whitaker is a guest artist in our performance. Please scroll down on this page for 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.
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. She is currently on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria.
Frauenliebe und -leben
Music by Robert Schumann
Text by Adelbert von Chamisso
Accompanied by piano
Jean Anderson Collier