Jennifer Pyron

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WQXR Greene Space 2018 Review: La Belle Chanson
This review is for the performance on Wednesday, June 27th. Listeners reveled in an evening dedicated to Paris’ La Belle Époque period during a special performance aired live at WQXR Classical Radio Station’s Greene Space. The show featured the highly praised tenor Nick Phan, singing Fauré’s “La Bonne Chanson,” and other musical settings of Paul Verlaine’s poetry by Debussy, Renaldo Hahn and Leo Ferré. Excerpts from biographies written by Edmund…
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River to River Festival 2018 Review: Naamah’s Ark
This Review is for the performance on  Sunday, June 17th. The River to River Festival, presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), showcased Marisa Michelson and Royce Vavrek’s “Naamah’s Ark” in Rockefeller Park at the start of this year’s 76th season. This community oratorio included seven ensembles and six soloists - Victoria Clark, as Naamah, Cantor Rebecca Garfein of Congregation Rudolph Sholom, as a Soloist, Melody Betts, as a Gospel…
IndieOpera
National Sawdust Announces Julia Adolphe’s “A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears” Project-In-Residence For 2018-2019 Season
National Sawdust has announced “A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears," a new opera written by Julia Adolphe, as a Project-In-Residence for the 2018-2019 season.  Adolphe is working with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann and adding a few new twists to the beloved children’s story written by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and author, Jules Feiffer, which will create an inspiring experience for both adults and young audience members.   “A Barrel…
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“HUSH” – Soprano Nora Fischer & Electric Guitarist Marnix Dorrestein On Bringing A New Perspective To 17th Century Music In Their New Album
Scarlatti, Purcell, Monteverdi, Dowland, Vivaldi, and Caldara, were popular in early music, but without traditionally played instruments and vocals, could music from the 17th century resonate in the same way today?  “HUSH,” an album that is pushing boundaries in the classical music world, was just released by Deutsche Grammophon and is sparking new ideas surrounding innovation and creativity in early music.  By deconstructing 17th century chansons and arranging them for…
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Center for Contemporary Opera 2018 Review: Pascal Dusapin’s “To Be Sung” and Stein’s Intimate Love Affair
“To Be Sung” was written in 1997 as Pascal Dusapin’s third opera. Set to Gertrude Stein’s text extracts from “A Lyrical Opera Made By Two,” Dusapin illuminated Stein’s modernist writing style and created a unique synergy between her intimate story and textual sound.  The Center for Contemporary Opera recently presented this impactful opera under the direction of Jorinde Keesmaat, who created a new dimension of connection through her imagination, with the…
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Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center 2018 Review – Orphic Moments: Matthew Aucoin‘s Cantata Enriches Orpheus Myth
In response to the increasing interest surrounding Matthew Aucoin’s “Orphic Moments,” the cast from National Sawdust in 2016 reformed this past week at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Additionally, MasterVoices was part of the performance in the new space. The 130 member chorus, which specializes in multiple genres of music, added not only an inspirational dimension of sound, but also a relatable display of human interaction and…
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National Sawdust 2018 Review – The Secret Diary of Nora Plain: An Immersive Experience That Explores Surveillance & The Inner Mind
Surrounded by the puzzle-like figurations on the walls of the National Sawdust performance space for a Classical Sunday series, audience members discovered Nora Plain as she stood on stage. The Ragazze Quartet circled Nora as she began to sing in a speech-like style.  She shared with listeners a private confessional as she performed “I Did Some Things,” and invited all to wander in the alternate universe of her own mind. “The…
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Bohemian National Hall 2018 – Master-Pieces: Petr Kotik Opera Is An Intense & Thought-Provoking Experience
Throughout his career, Petr Kotik has explored musical boundaries as a performer and composer.  He studied flute at the Conservatory and Music Academy in Prague, and composition at the Music Academy in Vienna.  In the 1970’s, Kotik performed experimental music and established himself as a musician full of new ideas.  And now, in 2018, Kotik has redefined his path to composing, especially in his 2014-2015 chamber opera “Master-Pieces.”   Focused…
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Manhattan School of Music 2017-18 Review – La Cenerentola: A Solid Production Featuring Aspiring Talent Through & Through
After a delightful performance of Isouard’s "Cendrillon" during their fall 2017 season, Manhattan School of Music (MSM) showcased another version of the beloved story of Cinderella this weekend, with Rossini’s "La Cenerentola. " While still celebrating the success of "The Barber of Seville" and not yet 25-years-old, Gioacchino Rossini met Jacopo Ferretti and together they decided to create "La Cenerentola, Ossia La Bontá In Trionfo."  Both the libretto and music were written…
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Juilliard School 2018 Review – Hippolyte et Aricie: Production Recreates What Rameau Would Have Hoped For
Premiering in 1773, Jean-Phillipe Rameau’s first opera, "Hippolyte et Aricie," was considered to be a ground-breaking and controversial work that would further inspire a continuation of masterpieces that Rameau would create in support of “modern” music.  Modeled after Racine’s tragedy "Phèdre," Rameau created a tragédie lyrique, that stirred perspectives surrounding a genre of French opera that began with Jean-Baptiste Lully and Philippe Quinault.  No one had dared to come close…