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
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.
Anna - Marysa Abbas
Elvira - Sarah Thompson Johansen
Piano - Cody Michael Bradley
Stage Direction - Amy Hutchison
Composer - Ross Crean
Librettist - Aiden K. Feltkamp, with Chloë Schaaf
TW: blood, death, rape, suicide
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 14th, 8PM
Red Line Tap, 7006 N Glenwood Ave
Come hear Chicago's favorite singers blur the borders of Gender in this night of switched perspective! Celebrate Valentine's Day with us as we play with gender and presentation--you might even learn a thing or two.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2016 7-8PM
Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Celebrate the birthday of historic author Virginia Woolf with a performance of Dominick Argento's Pulitzer prize-winning song cycle, "From the Diary of Virginia Woolf."
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?"
Saturday, November 19th 7pm
Fine Arts Center, Montevideo, MN
Marysa will be performing selections from the mezzo repertoire as the soloist in a concert in her hometown of Montevideo.
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 7-8PM
Volumes Bookcafe, 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
An evening dedicated to the wit and wisdom of Judith Martin, as singers perform Dominick Argento's "Miss Manners On Music," a concert piece that sets the letters of Miss Manners to, of course, music.
An American Opera by Ricky Ian Gordon
Libretto by Michael Korie