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On Site Opera presents "Morning Star" at the Eldridge St. Synagogue
 
On Site Opera presents the New York premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Morning Star” at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, March 21-22, & 25, 2018
The work traces the story of an immigrant Jewish family on the Lower East Side of Manhattan whose lives are forever changed by the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, the 107th anniversary of which coincides with the final two performances on March 25
 
This second-ever production of “Morning Star” also includes the world premiere of a newly-commissioned chamber orchestration by Tony Award-winning orchestrator Bruce Coughlin
 
 
October 25, 2017 – New York, NYKnown for pioneering rare and captivating site-specific performances, On Site Opera (OSO) will produce the New York premiere (and the first production since its world premiere) of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star on March 21-22, and 25, 2018, at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, in partnership with the Museum at Eldridge Street. This follows their acclaimed recent productions of Mozart’s Secret Gardener in an NYC community garden, Milhaud’s Guilty Mother in a Hell’s Kitchen garage, and the world premiere of Musto’s Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs.
 
Based on the Sylvia Regan play by the same name, the opera tells the touching story of an immigrant Jewish family struggling to find a better life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early 20th century. The characters’ destinies are shaped by actual historical events: the tragically horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911 in which over one hundred immigrant garment workers died after having been locked in the upper floors of a New York City sweatshop, as well as the Great Depression, and World War I. Through it all, the family must learn how to adapt to the country’s ever-changing landscape. OSO’s performances will fall on and around the 107-year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25.
 
The site-specific production will take place in the Museum at Eldridge Street, an historic Lower East Side synagogue, placing the audience in the same pews once occupied by immigrant families like those in the opera. The intimacy of the production will highlight the timeliness of the opera’s message of the struggle, perseverance, and strength of the immigrant experience, as well as illustrate the universality of the human experience. The production's staging occurs throughout the entire venue: singers will appear in and around the audience for an entirely immersive experience.
 
Performed in English, this production will also feature a newly-commissioned chamber orchestration by Tony Award-winning orchestrator Bruce Coughlin, supervised by the composer.
 
 
Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star
N.Y. PREMIERE

Libretto by William Hoffman
Based on the play by Sylvia Regan
Partnership with the Museum at Eldridge Street
 
DATES & LOCATION: 
March 21 & 22, 2018 at 7pm
March 25, 2018 at 1:00pm & 6:00pm [These performances coincide with the 107th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire]
at the Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

Tickets: $60; General admission. On sale January 11, 2018 at www.osopera.org
 
PRODUCTION TEAM & ORCHESTRA:
Conductor: Geoffrey McDonald
Stage Director: Eric Einhorn
Costume Designer: Summer Lee Jack
Lighting Designer: Shawn K. Kaufman
Orchestrator: Bruce Coughlin
Audience Experience Producer: Kathryn M. Carter
Stage Manager: Samantha Greene
Assistant Stage Manager: Lucy Coarsey
Assistant Costume Designer: Brenna McShane
 
 
CAST:
BECKY FELDERMAN, a Latvian-Jewish immigrant: Emily Pulley, soprano
ESTHER FELDERMAN, Becky’s youngest daughter, about age 17: Cree Carrico, soprano
FANNY FELDERMAN, Becky’s middle daughter, late teens: Jennifer Zetlan: soprano
SADIE FELDERMAN, Becky’s oldest daughter, late teens: Blythe Gaissert, mezzo soprano
AARON GREENSPAN, a Latvian-Jewish immigrant: Joshua Jeremiah, baritone
IRVING TASHMAN, a young songwriter: Blake Friedman, tenor
HARRY ENGEL, a teacher: Andrew Lovato, baritone
RABBI ENGEL, Harry’s grandfather, a Polish-Jewish immigrant: David Langan, bass-baritone
MARY, African-American fish peddler, an immigrant from the rural South: Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo soprano
PRINCE, African-American fish peddler: Martin Bakari, tenor
KATHLEEN O’FALLIN, an Irish immigrant: Allison Gish, mezzo soprano
CONTACT
Andrew Ousley


ABOUT ON SITE OPERA

Over the course of six short seasons, On Site Opera (OSO) has established itself as one of New York City’s most imaginative, cutting-edge opera companies. As The New York Times wrote: “On Site Opera presents the ultimate in intimate productions by performing works in spaces that fit the setting of the story.” OSO’s immersive, site-specific performances have taken place in venues ranging from the the Bronx Zoo to the Cotton Club to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, pushing the boundaries of what opera can do and be and blurring the lines between performer and audience to create a uniquely powerful musical experience.

Recent performances have included Mozart’s The Secret Gardener at the West Side Community Garden (co-produced with The Atlanta Opera’s Discoveries series), the U.S. premiere of Milhaud’s La mère coupable at The Garage, a Hell’s Kitchen industrial space owned by fashion designer Kenneth Cole, and the world premiere of John Musto’s Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs (co-produced with Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera).

Founded in 2012, OSO’s team of General & Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn, Music Director, Geoffrey McDonald, and Executive Director Piper Gunnarson are dedicated to producing site-specific opera in nontraditional venues throughout New York. Dubbed “So much more than Sleep No More” by The New York Observer, OSO molds its productions to specific locations using physical space to create an environment in which the concept, storytelling, music, and performers unite to form an immersive, cohesive, and meaningful whole. OSO, a registered 501(c)(3), is a proud member of Opera America and the New York Opera Alliance. www.osopera.org
 

ABOUT THE VENUE

The Museum at Eldridge Street, a non-sectarian cultural organization, was founded with a mission to restore and interpret its home, the historic 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, and serve people of all backgrounds with educational and cultural programs inspired by the landmark building and its gateway Lower East Side neighborhood.

The Museum at Eldridge Street is housed in the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a magnificent National Historic Landmark that has been meticulously restored since 2007. Opened in 1887, the synagogue is the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Today, it is the only remaining marker of the great wave of Jewish migration to the Lower East Side that is open to a broad public who wish to visit Jewish New York. Exhibits, tours, cultural events and educational programs tell the story of Jewish immigrant life, explore architecture and historic preservation, inspire reflection on cultural continuity, and foster collaboration and exchange between people of all faiths, heritages and interests.
 
 
 

ARTIST BIOS

 
BECKY FELDERMAN: Emily Pulley, soprano
Acclaimed soprano Emily Pulley’s radiant voice and electrifying acting have won her both national and international acclaim on the operatic stages. Not settling for complacency in her already established career, Pulley continues to add some of opera’s greatest roles to her repertoire, including the title role in Bizet’s Carmen with Central City Opera last summer. One reviewer noted, “She also has that other thing every Carmen needs to succeed: a killer voice. Pulley’s is rich and earthy, full of charisma. It yanks a listener in; turns an unlikable dragon deadly enchanting.” Last season, she performed Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd with Mill City Summer Opera, Mrs. P in The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat with UrbanArias, and Amneris in Aïda and Mere Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites as a part of Eugene Opera’s Opera Trio.
 
In her thirteen seasons with the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Pulley’s roles have included Marguerite in Faust, Nedda in Pagliacci, Blanche in Dialogues des Carmélites, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La bohème, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and Thérèse in Les mamelles de Tirésias, and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte. 
 
She created the title role in Adamo’s Lysistrata with Houston Grand Opera, which she then reprised for New York City Opera, earning her the coveted Christopher Keene Award. She made her NYCO début two seasons before as Lavinia Mannon in Mourning Becomes Electra and was chosen to receive the Richard F. Gold Début Artist Award.
 
 
ESTHER FELDERMAN: Cree Carrico, soprano
Praised by Opera News for her “gleaming tone,” soprano Cree Carrico is an emerging singing actress quickly gaining recognition as an interpreter of 20th and 21st century works. This season, Cree will perform the role of Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld with New Orleans Opera, a double bill as Williamson Girl/Soprano in Difficulty of Crossing a Field/Little Match Girl Passion with Portland Opera, the Soprano solos in Lang’s Simple Song with Chamber Music Northwest and Stray Bird with New Chamber Ballet, and will return a role she created as Rosemary Kennedy in JFK with Opera de Montreal. 

In past seasons, Cree performed Lauretta in the prestigious Merola Opera Program’s production of Gianni Schicchi at San Fransisco Opera, the demanding title role in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, in her performance with Chautaqua Opera, Amour in Orphée et Eurydice with Des Moines Metro Opera, Gilda in Rigoletto with Syracuse Opera, and Beatrice in Three Decembers and Younger Alyce in Glory Denied with Opera MemphisCree can also be heard on the cast recording of David Lang’s chamber opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field produced by Beth Morrison Projects.

Cree received a Bachelor’s of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s of Music from Manhattan School of Music. She was a finalist in the Ades Competition, the Lotte Lenya Competition and the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
 
 
FANNY FELDERMAN: Jennifer Zetlan: soprano
Soprano Jennifer Zetlan (Rhoda) is internationally recognized for her artistry and captivating stage presence. She has been seen and heard on opera and concert stages worldwide, as well as recital venues and on Broadway. This season, Jennifer Zetlan ends a run in Fiddler on the Roof (directed by Bartlett Sher) on Broadway. She also makes her European debut with the Staatstheater Stuttgart in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, and creates the title role in the world premiere of Jane Eyre by Louis Karchin with Center for Contemporary Opera, which will be recorded by Naxos next season. On the concert stage, she performs Kaija Saariaho’s Lonh with the New York Philharmonic at the Park Avenue Armory and sings the role of Woglinde in the New York Philharmonic’s concert presentation of Das Rheingold.  Ms. Zetlan sings the soprano solos in Bruckner’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall and on tour in Montevideo, Uruguay (in her South American debut), and will also be heard at Carnegie Hall as a celebrated alumna of Mannes College of Music in their Centennial Celebration concert.  She is also heard in recital with pianists David Shimoni and composer Ricky Ian Gordon.  In the summer, she will be seen in Charlottesville Opera’s new production of Oklahoma! as Laurey.
 
 
SADIE FELDERMAN: Blythe Gaissert, mezzo soprano
Blythe Gaissert has established herself as a fresh and exciting artist in great demand in the United States and abroad for opera, concert and recital engagements. In the coming 2017-18 season, Ms. Gaissert will be creating the role of Walker Loats in Mikael Karlsson’s cutting edge one woman opera The Echo Drift at the Prototype Festival in NYC, reprising the role of Hannah After in As One with San Diego Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, singing Hester Prynne in the Professional Premiere of The Scarlett Professor at Amherst College, Sadie in the NY premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's Morning Star with On Site Opera, and CAPTCHA by Robert Paterson with American Modern Ensemble at Carnegie's Weill Hall. She is also a member of the alt/classical/rock group The Knells, who will be releasing their second album in Fall of 2017. A champion of new music, Ms. Gaissert has worked with numerous composers and librettists on dozens of new works, and has been a part of American Opera Projects Composers and the Voice series since 2014. Ms. Gaissert has worked with companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera Colorado, Tulsa Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Aldeburgh Festival in England, Lyrique en Mer in France, Opera Southwest, Opera Saratoga, and more. 
 
 
AARON GREENSPAN: Joshua Jeremiah, baritone
Grammy nominated baritone Joshua Jeremiah, is thrilled to be making his company debut with On Site Opera. Already this season, Joshua sang the role of Silvio (Pagliacci) in his debut with New Orleans Opera, performed with NYC's Heartbeat Opera in their Halloween Drag Extravaganza, and made his company debut with LA Opera, returning to Malkan's opera Persona, which reimagines the classic Ingmar Bergman film. Earlier in 2017, he returned to Arizona Opera to originate the role of Lassiter in the world-premiere of Riders of the Purple Sage by Craig Bohmler and Steven Mark Kohn. He performed the role of Gianni Schicchi in Opera Company Middlebury's production of Il Trittico, and sang the role of Ford (Falstaff) with Resonance Works in Pittsburgh. In 2016, he received accolades for his performance as the title role of Verdi's Macbeth with Opera Company Middlebury, where he was described as having a “marvelous voice,” and giving “a nuanced, fascinating performance as a conflicted Macbeth.” Other recent appearances include: Col. Von Kalle (Mata Hari) 2017 Prototype festival; Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) with Hawaii Opera Theater; Rigoletto, Arizona Opera; Iago (Otello) with Berks Opera; Sonora (La fanciulla del West) and Starek (Jenůfa), Des Moines Metro Opera; concerts with the New Haven Symphony; and the title role of Gianni Schicchi, Mobile Opera.
 
 
IRVING TASHMAN: Blake Friedman, tenor
Tenor Blake Friedman’s recent appearance as Iago in Rossini's Otello with LoftOpera earned him praise for “his vast range and clear diction” (NY Observer) and “pliant tenor” (Parterre).  The New York Times said, "The most convincing tenor was that of Blake Friedman as Iago whose voice has a plummy fullness and dusky hue.  His duet with Otello was taut and exciting...”. Other notable performances include: Soloist in the Liebeslieder Walzer with New York City Ballet, Soloist at Geffen Hall in Mozart’s Vespri Sollemnes de Confessore, and Singer in Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart (BAM Fisher).  He has earned praise for his “silken and strong” (Tampa Bay Times), “fresh lyric tenor” (OperaNews Online) singing roles such as Conte Almaviva in Barbiere di Siviglia, Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore, and Jimmy O’Keefe in Later the Same Evening.  He is currently Resident Tenor for American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice Symposium where he premieres new works written specifically tailored to his voice in a monthly workshop.  His awards include a Career Bridges Award (2014), Winner of The American Prize Memorial Art Song Competition (2011), Honorable Mention in The Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol V Competition (2011), and a Palm Beach Opera Guild Encouragement Award (2011). Blake holds a Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music as the recipient of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Scholarship Award/Richard Rodgers Scholar and his Bachelor of Music degree from The Eastman School of Music as the recipient of a Howard Hanson Scholarship.
 
 
HARRY ENGEL: Andrew Lovato, baritone
Called a “winning baritone” by The New York Times and “sensitive and sympathetic” by Cincinnati’s City Beat, young American baritone Andrew Lovato is garnering excitement across the nation.  Highlights of the 2017 - 2018 season include Connie Rivers in The Grapes of Wrath with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, both El Dancairo in Carmen, and Harlequin in Ariade auf Naxos with Austin Opera and Harry Engel in Morning Star with On Site Opera.  In upcoming seasons he will be heard as Schaunard in La bohème with Austin Opera. 
 
Recent engagements include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, Young Raymond in the World Premiere of The Manchurian Candidate, El Dancaïre in Carmen, and Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, all with the Minnesota Opera.  He performed as Harry Engel in Morning Star with Cincinnati Opera where he gave an “impassioned performance” (Cincinnati.com) and as Slim in Of Mice and Men with Austin Opera.  Engagements during the 2016-2017 season are highlighted by performances of Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Lakes Area Music Festival and both the roles of Young Raymond and Nominee in The Manchurian Candidate with Austin Opera.  Future seasons include Harlequin in Ariadne with Austin Opera, the role of Connie Rivers in The Grapes of Wrath with Opera Theatre of St. Louis among other engagements.  Mr. Lovato is the winner of the George L. Hackett Prize in the Livingston Mather Competition.
 
 
RABBI ENGEL: David Langan, bass-baritone
Proud to be returning to On Site Opera after appearing as Dr. Bartolo in their 2016 production of The Marriage of Figaro Mr. Langan’s vast professional operatic repertoire spans many of the major bass-baritone roles, among them Mephistopheles in Faust, Sarastro & Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte, Colline in La Bohème, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Alfonso Cosi Fan Tutte, Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Walter in Luisa Miller, and Lord Gualtiero Walton in I puritani. He has appeared as a principal singer in close to 800 performances with major opera companies throughout North and Central America, as well as Europe. San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Vancouver Opera, Theater Hansestadt Lübeck, Osnabrück Stadttheater, Wolf Trap, Sarasota Opera, Opera Colorado, as well as the opera companies of Guatemala City, Dallas, Atlanta, Austin, Chautauqua and New Orleans, among others, have all been beneficiaries of Mr. Langan's work. He also appeared as the King in Verdi's Aida on the PBS Great Performance series opposite Plaçido Domingo. He has shared the stage as principal singer with many of today's finest performers including Renee Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Joyce DiDonato, Eric Owens, Mirella Freni, and Lawrence Brownlee. Among his faculty appointments were posts at Westminster Choir College, Indiana University, Shenandoah Conservatory and Kean University. Mr. Langan grew up in Middletown, NJ, has vocal performance degrees from  Rowan University (BA) and Indiana University (MM), He currently resides in Ridgewood, NJ with his wife Cristobel Langan, a stage manager at The Metropolitan Opera, and nine year old twins Jamie & Sophie.
 
 
MARY: Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo soprano
A native of Virginia, Chrystal E. Williams appears nationally and internationally in both opera and concert work. Recent engagements include Olga in Eugene Onegin with Northern Lights Festival, Rebecca Parker in Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD with English National Opera and Hackney Empire, a Philadelphia Orchestra debut under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the role of Publia in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira and covering the role of Arsace at Caramoor, soloist in Petite Messe Solennelle with OperaDelaware and Coretta Scott King in Philip Glass’s Appomattox with Washington National Opera. This season she is Charlotte in Werther with Baltimore Concert Opera and OperaDelaware and is soloist with the Annapolis Opera. She is slated to return to Birmingham Opera in 2019.
 
Other notable engagements include Norrköping Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, Cairo Symphony, Dido and Aeneas with Birmingham Opera Company (UK), Portsmouth Community Concerts Series (VA), The Apollo Theater, Opera Philadelphia, Hänsel und Gretel with Knoxville Opera and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Sarasota Opera.
 
She has been honored by the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition, the International Belvedere Singing Competition, Giulio Gari International Music Competition, New England Region Finals of The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Liederkranz Foundation and the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition.
Ms. Williams holds degrees in music from the Academy of Vocal Arts, Yale University and Carnegie Mellon.
The Chrystal E. Williams Scholarship was founded by the artist in 2004 to help students wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts and is funded in part by her solo concerts in Norfolk, VA annually.
 
 
PRINCE: Martin Bakari, tenor
Praised by Opera News as a “vocally charismatic” performer with a “golden tenor,” Martin Bakari continues to distinguish himself as a dynamic artist in a wide array of musical and theatrical genres. Trained at Juilliard, Boston University, Tanglewood, and London's Royal College of Music, his recent engagements include appearances with Portland Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera Carolina, Madison Opera, Virginia Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Saratoga, Beth Morrison Projects, the Kennedy Center, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Opera Noire, and NY Harlem Productions with whom he has performed Gershwin's Porgy & Bess in Dresden, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Bari. This season, Mr. Bakari debuts with Opéra Louisiane as Tamino in The Magic Flute, Seattle Opera as Peter the Honeyman in Porgy & Bess, Michigan Opera Theatre as Scribe/Trash-Talker in Daniel Sonenberg's The Summer King, and On Site Opera as Prince/Newsboy/Italian Immigrant/Worker in Ricky Ian Gordon's Morning Star, and returns to Pittsburgh Opera as Castleman in Jeremy Howard Beck's The Long Walk. In the fall of 2018, he makes his Arizona Opera debut as Charlie Parker in Daniel Schnyder's Charlie Parker's Yardbird. Mr. Bakari's recording of Grigory Smirnov's Dowson Songs was recently released by Naxos Records, was featured by Opera News as a "Critic's Choice" album, and is currently under Grammy consideration. 
 
 
KATHLEEN O’FALLIN: Allison Gish, mezzo soprano
Praised for her "agile and stylish" coloratura (Entertainment Hour), Allison Gish will make her role and company debuts this season as Zita in Gianni Schicchi with ARE Opera and as Kathleen O’Fallin in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star with Onsite Opera, and she will join Cantanti Project for a second season in the ensemble of the world premiere of Felix Jarrar’s Tabula Rasa. She will also debut with Bourbon Baroque in Handel’s Messiah and with Ars Musica as alto soloist in Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil and Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Past operatic credits include Giunone/Natura in Cavalli’s La Calisto (dell’Arte Opera Ensemble), Medoro in Handel’s Orlando (Cantanti Project). In a performance deemed “flawless” (Opera News), Ms. Gish performed the role Green Pants in Robert Ashley's DUST (Mannes). As professional fellow at Songfest, she appeared as soloist in Bach Cantata 161 with conductor, John Harbison. With Mannes Baroque, she performed in Handel’s Mi palpata il cor, Monteclair’s Pan et Syrinx, Vagaus in Vivaldi's Juditha triumphans (excerpts), Piacere in Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo (excerpts). Ms. Gish is a recent graduate of the Professional Studies Diploma program at Mannes College and completed her Bachelor of Music at Louisiana State University.
 

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM

 
About Ricky Ian Gordon
A highly prolific composer, Ricky Ian Gordon’s vocal music spans art song, opera, and musical theater. His catalog includes Morning Star (2014), 27 (2014), A Coffin In Egypt (2014),
Rappahannock County (2011), Sycamore Trees (2010), The Grapes of Wrath (2007), Green Sneakers (2008), Orpheus and Euridice (2005), My Life with Albertine (2003), Night Flight To San Francisco and Antarctica (2000) from Tony Kushner’s Angels In AmericaDream True (1999), States Of Independence (1992), The Tibetan Book of the Dead (1996), and Only Heaven (1995).
 
Upcoming projects include The House Without A Christmas Tree (libretto by Royce Vavrek) commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, for a November 30, 2017 premiere, Private Confessions with Playwright, Richard Nelson, commissioned by The Goodman Theater in Chicago, Ellen West (libretto by Frank Bidart) commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects for a 2019 premiere, and an opera based on Giorgio Bassani’s novel, The Garden of the Finzi Continis with librettist Michael Korie.
 
Mr. Gordon has been the featured Composer-in-Residence at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, The Van Cliburn Foundation, Voices of Change, Santa Fe Song Festival, Songfest at Pepperdine University, Chautauqua, Aspen Music Festival, and Ravinia. Among his honors are an OBIE Award, the 2003 Alumni Merit Award for exceptional achievement and leadership from Carnegie-Mellon University, A Shen Family Foundation Award, the Stephen Sondheim Award, The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, The Constance Klinsky Award, The National Endowment of the Arts, The American Music Center, and many awards from ASCAP, of which he is a member. His works are also widely recorded on various labels. 


About Bruce Coughlin
Bruce Coughlin has created the orchestrations for many shows, on Broadway and off, including the recent productions of War Paint and Amélie on Broadway, Dolly Parton's 9 To 5Giant, and Grey Gardens. He co-orchestrated The Light in the Piazza, orchestrated the memorable Floyd Collins, the Broadway hit Urinetown, and the Grammy Award-winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Other Broadway shows include: Guys and Dolls (2009 revival), The Wild PartyOn the TownThe Sound of MusicTriumph of LoveOnce Upon A Mattress, and The King & I (1996 revival with Donna Murphy). He has also contributed orchestrations to the recent Broadway hits Something RottenOn the Twentieth Century and On the Town
 
In the classical realm, he has collaborated frequently with Ricky Ian Gordon, including work on three operas by Mr. Gordon: The Grapes of Wrath (libretto: Korie), Morning Star (libretto: Hoffman), and 27 (libretto: Vavrek), and many other projects.  He has also worked frequently with Michael Tilson Thomas (including recordings of Arias and BarcarollesOn the Town and The Thomashevsky Project).
 
He was principal arranger for the Disney epic Fantasia 2000 and has worked with singers such as Bruce Hornsby, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Nadine Sierra, and others. He has won a TONY award, Drama Desk award and an OBIE. He has also received two additional TONY nominations and nine additional Drama Desk nominations.  
 
 
About Geoffrey McDonald
Hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a “promising and confident” member of the new generation of American conductors, Geoffrey McDonald (Conductor, The Secret Gardener |Music Director, On Site Opera) commands a broad repertoire with extensive experience in operatic, symphonic, and choral works. He is steadily gaining recognition for his versatility – “an agile conductor…whose pacing is sure in both reflective and restless passages” (The New York Times) – and for his “original and flexible musical imagination” (The New York Observer). Geoffrey’s passion for promoting new or neglected pieces and his enthusiasm for fresh, innovative presentation combine in his work as Music Director of On Site Opera, whose immersive production of Paisiello’s Barbiere di Siviglia in the summer of 2015 earned wide critical acclaim. Opera News wrote: “[McDonald] led with brio and admirable ensemble,” while The New York Times noted, “the conductor, Geoffrey McDonald, drew stylish, nimble playing”. This success followed recent productions of Handel operas, Orlando and Alcina, for which he partnered with director R.B. Schlather to create inventive art-installation-opera: “Conductor Geoffrey McDonald repeated the miracle of nuanced coordination [in On Site Opera's production of Paisiello's Barber of Seville] between orchestra and singers he recently accomplished with Orlando downtown” (The New York Observer). He has acted as Assistant Conductor for Opera Philadelphia, the American Symphony Orchestra, and Gotham Opera. A dedicated educator, he has served on the faculties of Bard College and the Longy School of Music, and was Music Director of the Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra and the Columbia University Bach Society. He is an active composer, and an original member (cellist/songwriter) of indie rock band Miracles of Modern Science. He earned his Masters in Conducting at Mannes College, and his Bachelors in Music at Princeton University. www.geoffreymcdonaldmusic.com


About Eric Einhorn
Eric Einhorn
 (Stage Director, The Secret Gardener | General & Artistic Director, On Site Opera) has been praised by The Austin Chronicle as “a rising star in the opera world” and by Opera News for his “keen eye for detail and character insight.” He is the co-founder of On Site Opera, a company dedicated to immersive, site- specific productions. Mr. Einhorn has directed productions for Chicago Lyric Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Florentine Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, the Pacific Symphony, and Gotham Chamber Opera. He has been a member of the stage directing staff at the Metropolitan Opera since 2005. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named Mr. Einhorn’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites for Pittsburgh Opera one of the top ten classical music performances of 2011. He originally created the production for Austin Lyric Opera in 2009 and was awarded “Best Opera” at the Austin Critics’ Table Awards in addition to garnering him a nomination for “Best Director.” During summer of 2014, he directed Rameau’s Pygmalion at Madame Tussauds New York and the Lifestyle-Trimco mannequin showroom. This production featured the world’s first implementation of supertitles for Google Glass. Recent engagements include the world premiere of Happy Birthday, Wanda June with Indianapolis Opera, a revival staging of Simon Boccanegra starring Placido Domingo at the Metropolitan Opera, and a new staging of The Flying Dutchman for Austin Opera.


About Shawn Kaufman
Shawn Kaufman is an Emmy nominated Lighting Designer with over 20 years of experience in opera, theatre, television, fashion and special events. Recently, Shawn founded the design firm ENLUMEN, with friend and colleague Pamela Kupper.
 
Shawn is currently working on the Harry Connick Jr TV show and is resident lighting designer for On Site Opera. Recent opera credits include Carmen at Portland Opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites at Austin Lyric Opera and Pittsburgh Opera, Orpheus in the Underworld at Glimmerglass Opera, and I Pagliacci and Xerxes at Pittsburgh Opera.
 
Clients include Ferragamo, The Row, Lexus, Adidas, Nike, Infiniti, Tom Ford, Estee Lauder, Hugo Boss, Moncler, Marchesa, the Wexner Foundation, the Wexner Center, Phillips Auction House, Tiffany, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Kohl’s, Public School, Greg Lauren, Zimmermann, Isabel Marant, Celine, Givenchy, Chloe, Armani Exchange, Vogue Magazine, St. John, Bombardier, Target, GQ, Hermes, Y3, The Elder Statesman, Microsoft, Halston, Lands End, Carolina Herrera, Rockefeller Center, Zegna.
 
Television: QVC Red Carpet Style, The Face Finale, CNBC, Wendy Williams, The Apprentice Martha Stewart, Martha Live and Rachael Ray Live.


About Summer Lee Jack
Summer Lee Jack
(Costume Designer) is a Brooklyn based costume designer. Recent design credits include: Measure for Measure and the Tempest (Shakespeare Academy at Stratford). Baghdaddy: the Musical (Theatre at St. Lukes), La BohemeThe Wedding, Beatrice and Benedict, Roméo et Juliette, The Classical Style, The Cows of Apollo, Così fan tutte, Carmen, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Eugene Onegin (Aspen Opera Center), OtelloCenerentola (Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra), The Tower (HERE Arts Center), The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (La Mama ETC), The Cunning Little Vixen, La Doriclea, L'Roi a Dit, Das Land des Lächelns and A Little Night Music(Manhattan School of Music), Die Verschworenen/Die Winterreise (Hofstra Opera Theater). MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama. Member of Wingspace Theatrical Design. www.summerleejack.com
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