Donna Anna, "The Times are Nightfall" by Ross Crean
Aug
17
to Aug 18

Donna Anna, "The Times are Nightfall" by Ross Crean

Friday, August 17th & Saturday, August 18th - 7:30pm

Join us for a celebration of queer classical works! We begin with a cabaret of LGBTQ vocal pieces, followed by the Chicago premiere of Ross Crean and Aiden K. Feltkamp's new one-act opera, which serves as a sequel to Mozart's “Don Giovanni.”

A Queer Engagement Cabaret

Featuring:
Claire DiVizio, Soprano
Tom Bailey, Tenor
Angela Born, Soprano
LaRob Payton, Baritone
Caesar Sanchez, Tenor


The Times Are Nightfall

This 1950’s pulp-style story explores themes of rape culture and grief through the lens of two women who find solace in the most unexpected place: one another.

Cast:
Anna - Marysa Abbas
Elvira - Sarah Thompson Johansen

Creative Team:
Piano - Cody Michael Bradley
Stage Direction - Amy Hutchison
Composer - Ross Crean
Librettist - Aiden K. Feltkamp, with Chloë Schaaf

TW: blood, death, rape, suicide

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Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

Here, There, and Everywhere: Queer Themes in Classical Music

Saturday, July 21st, 7pm

Grace Lutheran Church, Wenatchee, WA (1408 Washington St, Wenatchee, WA 98801)

I'm greatly looking forward to collaborating with my longtime friend and amazing musician Jameson Varpness on this queer-themed recital! We'll be delving into pants roles, art song set to sapphic poetry, and the life of Virginia Woolf in an evening that spans centuries of queerness in classical music.

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Soundscapes of Color by Michal Dzitko - Alto Soloist
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Soundscapes of Color by Michal Dzitko - Alto Soloist

Soundscapes of Color is an opera and installation by Michał Dzitko. After two successful pre-shows in New York City, Soundscapes of Color will premiere in art space 6018|North in Chicago on April 22nd. 

Dzitko believes that the next frontier of artistic performance is an immersive, virtual reality experience. This has led him to question the principles of operatic staging. The resulting innovation is the idea of remote conducting, a technique which puts the conductor in an isolated space, and asks of them to conduct to cameras instead of live performers. The live stream from the cameras then gets transmitted through a wire onto tablets in front of live musicians. Performers see the conductor on their respective screens and are able to play in sync, regardless of whether they see or hear each other. Distributing musicians uniformly across a performance space now results in creating an art gallery, for sound. The audience is free to roam and explore this space guided only by the sounds and sights that captivate them.

Commissioned by author Esther K Smith and fine-print publisher Purgatory Pie Press, the opera is based on a libretto of an 1874 typography and ink catalog, Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type. Since the words of the libretto do not describe a story, but rather constitute brilliantly-illustrated poetry, the music itself becomes the only plot that can be followed. The pervasive subjectivity of the musical experience is thus brought to the surface. Dzitko is collaborating with lighting and stage designers to create a light show emulating his music, which will serve to heighten the immersive quality of the experience.

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Trevor, "The Great God Pan" by Ross Crean
Mar
10
to Mar 18

Trevor, "The Great God Pan" by Ross Crean

World Premiere

March 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18*, 2018 7:30pm (*3pm)

Music and Libretto by Ross Crean
Based on Arthur Machen’s novella

Chicago Fringe Opera presents the world premiere of The Great God Pan which takes its story from an eponymous 1890 novella by Welsh author Arthur Machen, exploring themes of scientific hubris, transcendental medicine, and unexplainable supernatural behavior. Composer Ross Crean adapted Machen’s narrative into the work’s libretto himself, an ambitious and rare undertaking for a composer. 

Running time 80 min  //  Cash Bar
This space can only be accessed by one flight of stairs

Tickets and additional information can be found HERE!

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Opera On Tap Chicago - OOToberfest 2017!
Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

Opera On Tap Chicago - OOToberfest 2017!

The Empirical Taproom, 1801 W Foster Ave

Performing: Octavian - Final Trio, "Der Rosenkavalier" - Strauss

Join Opera on Tap Chicago for our annual OOToberfest fundraiser, hosted at Empirical Brewery Taproom in Andersonville. We’ll have a fabulous silent auction with tickets to live performances, gift cards, a month of yoga, and more! Come and hear your favorite tunes on this program of Opera’s Greatest Hits!

$15 suggested donation includes 1 complimentary beer/soda
BONUS - $2 discount on all 16 oz Empirical production beers throughout the event

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Opera On Tap Chicago - Sing-A-Song September
Sep
19
8:00 PM20:00

Opera On Tap Chicago - Sing-A-Song September

Red Line Tap, 7006 N Glenwood Ave

Performing: "A green lowland of pianos" - Samuel Barber

Join us back in our Rogers Park home - Heartland Cafe's Red Line Tap - for Sing-A-Song September! 

We KNOW you attend OOT for the arias, but let's not forget about the art songs! There's a wealth of repertoire out there, so come by to enjoy some fabulous singers performing beloved art songs from Chausson to Schubert.

 

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Scapi Sessions - Desiree Miller, Virginia Woolf, and Mother Goose
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Scapi Sessions - Desiree Miller, Virginia Woolf, and Mother Goose

Nitecap Coffee Bar

Performing: Dominick Argento's "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf"

A trifecta of dope music making! We're joined by Desiree Miller, Ross Crean, Gretchen Adams, Marysa Abbas, and Jordan Crice where Desiree will perform some of her compositions for cello, Ross will have his A Passive Aggresive's Guide to Mother Goose performed by Gretchen Adams, and Marysa and Jordan will perform their iteration of From the Diary of Virginia Woolf by Dominick Argento.

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Opera On Tap Chicago at Ignoble
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

Opera On Tap Chicago at Ignoble

Ignoble Wine Bar, 2417 N Clybourn Ave

Can't wait until August 15th to get your OOT fix? Then join us at Ignoble Wine Bar for our first OOT at Ignoble event!
These shows will showcase 3 singers from our roster for an intimate night of opera and music theater.
This month, sip some wine and enjoy some dinner while you listen to Joachim Luis, Kirstin Rower, and Marysa Abbas, accompanied by Myron Silberstein on piano.

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Praxilla Femina: Pro-Refugee Concert in Support of GirlForward
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Praxilla Femina: Pro-Refugee Concert in Support of GirlForward

Charmer's Cafe

Performing:  "Things change, Jo" from Mark Adamo's "Little Women" ; "Us" from Ricky Ian Gordon's "The Grapes of Wrath"

Join the ladies of Praxilla Femina for a musical program of travel, new beginnings, and home. 

Admission is free will donation. All proceeds will benefit GirlForward, a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.

 

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Praxilla femina: Inaugural Performance
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Praxilla femina: Inaugural Performance

Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 7PM

Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA map 

We are a collective of women making classical art on our own terms. The art is ours; the art is for everyone. 

Hosted by the beloved Volumes Bookcafe, our Inaugural Performance will include 11 very talented female singers and 1 brilliant female pianist performing a thematic, but varied program of song, opera, and musical theater repertoire.

This event is free to attend, but donations are GREATLY appreciated, including monetary donations and paperback books. All donations received will go to benefit Chicago Books to Women in Prison, an all-volunteer group that distributes paperback books free of charge to people incarcerated in women’s prisons nationwide. They are dedicated to offering women behind bars the opportunity for self-empowerment, education, and entertainment that reading provides.

 

 

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Dominick Argento's "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Dominick Argento's "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 7PM

The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Ave Chicago

This March, we invite you to celebrate the literary and feminist titan Virginia Woolf with us, with an evening celebrating her work and her life. Readings of her work will be shared, as well as a staged dramatic performance of Dominick Argento's Pulitzer prize-winning song cycle, From The Diary of Virginia Woolf.

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Ensemble, "The Final Battle for Love" - Thompson Street Opera Company
Jan
19
to Jan 22

Ensemble, "The Final Battle for Love" - Thompson Street Opera Company

Coming to the West Stage at the Raven Theatre Complex is "the world's finest professional wrestling opera", fresh from its World Premiere performance in Louisville in the spring of 2016. Come see this epic musical tale of love, heartbreak, and body slams, featuring the finest young talent Chicago has to offer!

Thompson Street Opera Company presents:
THE FINAL BATTLE FOR LOVE
by Philip Thompson
Thursday 1/19: 8:00pm
Friday 1/20: 8:00pm
Saturday 1/21: 8:00pm
Sunday 1/22: 2:00pm

"A city, a wrestler, and an everyday man-- will any of them find love? And if they do, can they hold on?"

Tickets: http://finalbattle.brownpapertickets.com/

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