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Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in The Voice Box | 0 comments

Operagasmic Production of the Week

by Christie Connolley

I love to arrive early to the opera.  For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES!  Once that is done, I delve into the program!  I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago thatphoto was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes!  It is one of the best parts of going to the opera!  So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.

The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Opera Company of Brooklyn’s production of Der Messias!

Dec. 7, FRIDAY, 7:30PM

Mozart’s Der Messias, Mozart’s version of Handel’s Messiah 

Christ and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 122 West 69th Street, btw Broadway & Columbus.
Tickets are $35 General Admission, $20 for Students with ID.

Save when you buy in advance: $30 General/$15 Students.
Cash or Check accepted for at-door sales, credit card sales are for online purchases.


Bass Soloist, Dewey Moss

Dewey Moss recently appeared at Carnegie Hall in the solo operatic premiere of Puppet by Christian McLeer, for which called his portrayal of an insane man a “virtuoso performance.” He has enjoyed a career that includes opera as well as Broadway shows, concerts, and film/TV roles. Operatic performances include The Tsar’s Bride (Grigory Griaznov), Alcina (Melisso), Riders to the Sea (Bartley), The Impresario (Mr. Bluff), the US premiere of French Lessons (Thomas), Opera Shorts at Carnegie Hall, and excerpts from Don Giovanni for the Martina Arroyo Foundation Gala – a role that he is scheduled to perform in 2013.

Tenor Soloist, Ivan Rivera

Ivan Riverahas appeared with Opera Company of Brooklyn as Monostatos in Magic Flute and Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, He’s sung Don Ramiro in Cenerentola and Don Almaviva in the Barber of Seville with Capital Heights Lyric Opera, Ferrando in Opera Manhattan’s version of Cosi fan tutte, Don Basilio in the Marriage of Figaro with Opera Mission at the Bryant Park Festival, Ferrando in the Underworld Productions’ mounting of Cosi fan tutte at Symphony Space.  Opera News applauded Mr. Rivera as “tight, deft tenor who handled Ferrando’s music well.”  Other roles include Tony (West Side Story), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Il Duca (Rigoletto), Ralph (HMS Pinafore) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). He was a finalist in the 2012 Nico Castel International MasterSinger Vocal Competition.

Alto Soloist, Lauren Pastorek

Lauren Pastorek, mezzo-soprano, has won over audiences across the US, appearing in three national tours, Off-Broadway in the original cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes, at the Kennedy Center in Carnival!, and with Encores! at City Center.  This year with OCB Lauren appeared in Tales of Hoffmann (Giulietta) and Die Zauberflote (Third Lady/Third Spirit), and was featured (and fed!) at the Litchfield Hills Food and Wine and Opera.  Also this year Lauren charmed audiences as Celia in Iolanthe with NYGASP at Symphony Space, and she premiered her solo opera cabaret, “Lend Me a Soprano,” at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in tandem with Lend Me a Tenor (Diana).  Favorite past roles include Ulla in The Producers, Guenevere in Camelot, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Handel’s Xerxes.  Discography: Yeomen of the Guard (Phoebe), Autumn Maneuvers (Treszka), and Blossomtime (Hedy). BM Eastman, MM Cincinnati Conservatory.

Soprano Soloist, Winnie Nieh

Winnie Nieh from Hong Kong made her European solo debut under Maestro Helmuth Rilling’s baton in Bach’s Cantata BWV 147 at the 2012 Musikfest Stuttgart. First Place winner in the St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition and a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn, upcoming performances include: Despina (Così fan tutte), the soprano solo in Mozart’sCoronation Mass, Mozart’s adaption of Handel’s Messiah andMendelssohn’s Magnificat (Op.69/3), and a solo recital sponsored by Freeport Memorial Library. She receivedAssociate of Trinity College London diplomas in voice, violin and piano, and her B.A. from Harvard University.

Pianist, Christine Pulliam

Christine Pulliam free-lances regularly in New York City as vocal coach, accompanist and as a chamber musician with the Opus Nine Ensemble. Last year she was a vocal coach for the Atlantic Music Festival and performed at the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France. Past performances also include the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., The Washington Sinfonietta, University of Wisconsin, Malacañang Palace in the Philippines, Charles Castleman’s Quartet Program, the Masterworks Festival, and Brevard Music Festival. A native of Indianapolis, she graduated from Butler University summa cum laude. She holds graduate degrees from the Peabody Institute and the University of Maryland and was previously on the faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. She currently teaches piano and accompanies the choir at The King’s College in New York City.


Amy Polomo, Alexandra Filipe, Julie Morrissey, Dewey Moss, Gregory Voinier, Marie Gailey, Joo-Young Kim, Briana Hunter, Winnie Nieh, Nicholas Connolly, Elana Gleason, Lauren Pastorek, Alison McAuley


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