Opera Bites

Our Fourth Annual Feast

10-Minute Operas with food and drink
October 26-28, 2018 at Longy School of Music of Bard College

 

in partnership with

People Love Opera Bites!

"Delightfully thought-provoking and fun...a delicious program celebrating life’s sweetest and sometimes most sour moments with cleverness and heart."

 

"The snappy selection of short-form pieces was very palatable to the viewer. From a love triangle amongst goddesses and mortals to a fetus’ existential crisis in utero, each “bite” had a different flavor."

"Boston Opera Collaborative struck gold again with this refined selection of short and sweet works."

The Theatre Times Review

The Experience

Boston Opera Collaborative and Longy collaborate once again on an evening of opera and revelry in a cabaret-style setting. The seven short operas in this year’s production include six brand new commissions and one U.S. premiere. Join us for an evening of short operas in English, accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble and served up with festive food and drink!

The Shows

 
 

A Case of Anxiety

Tony Solitro, composer. Mark Harvey Levine, librettist

based on the play by Mark Harvey Levine
 

Life is a dangerous business - there are so many ways you could die. The anxiety is almost enough to keep a person from living!

Absent Grace

Marti Epstein, composer. Claudia Barnett, librettist

based on the play by Claudia Barnett

When a friend dies, it’s hard not to keep seeing her everywhere. And it’s even harder not to strike up a conversation with the woman who looks exactly like her. 

Midsummer

Scott Wheeler, composer & librettist

based on the play by Don Nigro

In a forest outside of Athens, Puck and his gang of fairies face an existential crisis: what happens when nobody believes in fairies anymore? 

The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry

Jonathan Bailey Holland, composer & librettist

based on the play by Carole Real

Dating can be so awkward. Especially when that hot guy is – really?? – a Civil War fanatic.

Steve

Rachel J. Peters, composer & librettist

based on the play by Liz Bartucci

What if dogs, like cats, had more than one life? What if they came back as humans? What if that attractive guy at the party reminds you of your dearly departed pooch?!

Misfortune

Eva Kendrick, composer. Mark Harvey Levine, librettist

based on the play by Mark Harvey Levine

Ah, fortune cookies. A tasty and optimistic end to a Chinese meal. Unless your cookie’s fortune seems to have it in for you.

Sunshine Girl

Sam Wilson, composer. Lila Palmer, librettist


1939: As two young sisters evacuate London by train at the start of World War II, they’re unaware of the ways their lives are about to diverge.  

Cast & Creative Team

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Composers

 

Marti Epstein (Absent Grace)

Marti Epstein is a composer whose music has been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, The Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Ensemble Modern, and members of the Boston Symphony.  She has completed commissions for the Foxborough Musical Association, the Fromm Foundation, The Munich Biennale, the Iowa Brass Quintet, the CORE Ensemble, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Longy School of Music, the Ludovico Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, the Radius Ensemble, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Callithumpian Consort.  In 2005, she was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant.  Marti has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (1986, 1988), and has been in residence at the MacDowell Colony (1998, 1999).  Marti was Composer-in-Residence for the Radius Ensemble in 2009 and 2010.  Cellist Rhonda Rider recently premiered and recorded so near, so far, a piece Marti wrote for Rhonda’s recent residency at the Grand Canyon.  Marti’s new string quartet, Hidden Flowers  was commissioned by the Tanglewood Music Center for the 2012 Festival of Contemporary Music 2012, where it was premiered in August 2012. In November 2015, Marti released Hypnagogia, a CD of her chamber music. During the 2017-2018 concert season, Marti’s work was featured extensively alongside the work of Anton Webern on the Trinity Wall Street’s Time’s Arrow Festival. Marti is Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music and also teaches composition at Boston Conservatory. http://marti-epstein.squarespace.com/

Jonathan Bailey Holland (The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry)

Jonathan Bailey Holland’s works have been commissioned and performed by numerous ensembles, including the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and St. Louis; as well as the Da Capo Chamber Players, Eighth Blackbird, Radius Ensemble, Transient Canvas, and many others. A recipient of a 2015 Fromm Foundation Commission, he has received honors from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, American Music Center, ASCAP, the Presser Foundation, and more. During the 2018-2019 season he will serve as Composer-in-Residence for the Cincinnati Symphony, which will feature the premiere of a new work for chorus and orchestra. Holland serves as Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and faculty co-chair of the Low-Residency MFA program in Music Composition at Vermont College of Fine Arts. www.jonathanbaileyholland.com

Eva Conley Kendrick (Misfortune)

Eva Conley Kendrick writes in many mediums including opera, musical theatre, chamber music, song cycles and orchestral works. Awards include the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music, 16 ASCAPLU$ awards, and grants from the American Composers Forum and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She received an Honorable Mention from The American Prize in the Opera/Theater Division (2016) and has also been a Semi-Finalist (2017) and was a Semi-Finalist in the Chamber Music Division (2016). She is the Chair of the Music Theory & Composition Department at the Community Music Center of Boston, where she is Composer-in-Residence; Music Director of First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Medfield; Professor of Voice and Music Theory at Dean College, and Director of the Eva Kendrick Voice Studio. She holds a Masters of Music in Composition with Distinction from the Longy School of Music. For more, please visit www.evakendrick.com.

Rachel J. Peters (Steve)

Rachel J. Peters’s operas: Rootabaga Country (Sarasota Opera), The Wild Beast of the Bungalow (Center for Contemporary Opera), Companionship (Fort Worth Opera) Pie, Pith, and Palette (The Atlanta Opera), Monkey Do (Rhymes With Opera). Musicals: Only Children (NYU Tisch Mainstage), Tiny Feats of Cowardice  (NYC Fringe), Write Left (Playwrights Horizons Theatre School), Tomato Red (UC Irvine), Octopus Heart (NYU Steinhardt). Scores for plays: Stretch (a fantasia) (New Georges), Tania in the Getaway Van (Flea Theater), Transatlantic (Arkansas Rep), The Bacchae (Asolo Rep Conservatory). Concert works: Ethel Smyth Plays Golf in Limbo (Semperoper Dresden), Jack's Vocabulary (Hartt SPASM), And Then (BayPath College), and Fronds: The Wisdom of Fanny Fern(Walt Whitman Project). Songs performed at Lincoln Center, National Opera Center, Symphony Space, cabarets/theatres nationwide. Contributor to The AIDS Quilt Songbook. Residencies: Kimmel Harding Nelson, Yaddo, Brush Creek Arts. Fellowships: New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, American Opera Projects, John Duffy Institute for New Opera. www.racheljpeters.com

Tony Solitro (A Case of Anxiety)

Tony Solitro composes concert and stage music that is “fraught with tension” and “amusingly intricate.” His mythology-infused comedy Triangle will be presented during the National Opera Association’s 2019 Conference in Salt Lake City as one of three finalists for the Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition. Awarded the Grand Prize in the David Walter Composition Competition (International Society of Bassists), Tony’s string quintet Shadow Confrontations was composed for bassist Joseph Conyers (Assistant Principal, Philadelphia Orchestra) and recorded with the Daedalus Quartet. He was awarded fellowships and artist residencies at Yaddo, Brush Creek, Kimmel Harding Nelson, and VCCA. He earned his PhD as a recipient of the George Crumb Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania and his MM from the Longy School of Music on a Nadia and Lili Boulanger Scholarship. www.tonysolitro.com

Scott Wheeler (Midsummer)

Scott Wheeler’s four full-length operas have been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theatre, Washington National Opera, White Snake Projects and Boston Lyric Opera. Scott’s 2017 violin sonata, The Singing Turk, was commissioned and premiered by Sharan Leventhal, and will be performed on the Boston Celebrity Series in November 2018 by Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi. Scott’s most recent CDs include Portraits and Tributes, featuring pianist Donald Berman, on Bridge, and Light Enough, featuring baritone Robert Barefield and pianist Kelly Horsted, on Albany. Other Wheeler CDs include Crazy Weather, with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project conducted by Gil Rose, Wasting the Night -- songs for voice and piano, and the opera The Construction of Boston, both available on Naxos. Scott is Senior Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College in Boston, where he teaches musical theatre and songwriting. www.scottwheeler.org

Sam Wilson (Sunshine Girl)

Samuel is a composer, arranger and freelance musician who recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Whilst at Guildhall, Samuel composed for several of the school’s top musicians and ensembles. He also wrote a short opera in collaboration with the London Transport Museum and Workshopera. Additionally, he worked alongside the drama department as a composer and advisor on several productions and founded the ever-popular and still-running Guildhall Pops Orchestra.

 

In 2014 Samuel was appointed Composer in Association for the City Chamber Choir, and after several successful commissions has been appointed Composer in Residence. Recent projects have included a Christmas work for choir and piano, ‘I Heard the Bells’, and a work for choir and chamber orchestra, ‘Spring’.

 

As an arranger Samuel has recently worked with the Tower of London, RADA, the Almeida Theatre, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and the Maltese Philharmonic. His arrangements have ranged in scale from popular tunes for flute and harp, to medium-sized chamber and pop groups, all the way to symphonic re-imaginings in varying styles. He has also acted as a score editor and copyist for a variety of individual clients. 

 

He is the music co-ordinator for Crossway, a new church plant in Stratford, and lives in London with his wife, Sara.

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