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Landlocked Opera to World Premiere Felix Jarrar’s ‘Pompadour Porcelain’


(Credit: Eliana Brea) Missouri’s Landlocked Opera will present the world premiere of Felix Jarrar’s “Pompadour Porcelain” on July 24 and 26, 2024. Jarrar’s second drag opera takes place in a fantasy fiction world of the 1750s Versailles during the time of Louis the Beloved. When Madame de Pompadour throws a major party, she receives a threat from her fortune teller {…}


Felix Jarrar & Miguel Ángel Vásquez to Present ‘Prelude to Pride: A Queer Recital’


Felix Jarrar and Miguel Ángel Vásquez are joining forces for “Prelude to Pride: A Queer Recital.” Set for May 31, 2024, at 9 West 8th Street in New York City, the program includes music by Iain Bell, Jarrar, and other works in English. “There will be a few fun surprises to be heard and seen in this eclectic song cycle {…}

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OPERA America 2023 Review: Reminiscence – Alison Saporta & Felix Jarrar in Recital


On August 30, 2023, soprano Alison Saporta took to OPERA America’s Scorca Hall stage in New York City, showcasing her artistry as a recitalist. Beside her, collaborative accompanist Felix Jarrar impressed on the piano, exhibiting his talents as a composer with a new song cycle and an intriguing toccata and fugue inspired by a theme from Mozart’s Requiem. Saporta, a {…}


Felix Jarrar & Alison Saporta to Present ‘Reminiscence’


Soprano Alison Saporta and pianist-composer Felix Jarrar will present “Reminiscence” on August 30, 2023 at Opera America in New York City. The showcase, a program of memories and nostalgia, will include music by Barber, Mozart, Schumann, as well as a premiere of comic songs composed by Jarrar. “‘Reminiscence’ is a title that encompasses the nostalgia for a past that Alison and {…}


Felix Jarrar, Maria Brea, Cynthia López-Pérez Headline Hogfish’s ‘Conflict, Passion, and Reflection’


(Credit: Eliana Brea) Hogfish is set to present “Conflict, Passion, and Reflection,” a musical program featuring composer-pianist and composer Felix Jarrar as well as  sopranos Maria Brea and Cynthia López-Pérez. The performance is part of the company’s Farm To Stage series and will take place on July 12, 2023 at Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s Mallet Barn in Portland, Maine. “‘Conflict, Passion, {…}


Felix Jarrar Jumps-In as Pianist, Coach, and Orchestrator for Hogfish’s ‘CarmXn’ Production


Credit: Eliana Brea Felix Jarrar has accepted a last-minute contract with Hogfish Productions in southern Maine as pianist, coach, and orchestrator for its production of “CarmXn.” The collaboration follows a busy season with Opera Ithaca, Santa Fe Opera, and Penn Square Opera. With 39 world premieres of original works under his belt, including Symphony No. 1, “Banishing Grief” with the {…}


Felix Jarrar to Present ‘Speak of the Devil’ Concert Spotlighting ‘Robert le Diable’


Composer/pianist Felix Jarrar will present an abridged concert version of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s “Robert le Diable” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at St. John’s in the Village. Titled “Speak of the Devil,” the concert presentation showcases highlights from the opera, including the “Evocation Scene,” in a condensed format lasting less than 90 minutes. In the showcase, the roles of {…}

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St. John’s in the Village 2023 Review: Felix Jarrar & Friends ‘Off with His Head’ – ‘Roberto Devereux’


Gaetano Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux,” though not performed with any regularity, showcases the composer’s masterful ability to capture the characters’ raw emotions through stunning music. Salvadore Cammarano crafted the Italian libretto, drawing inspiration from François Ancelot’s tragedy “Elisabeth d’Angleterre” (1829) and Jacques Lescène des Maisons’ “Historie secrete des amours d’Elisabeth et du comte d’Essex” (1787). Devereux also served as the focus {…}


Felix Jarrar & Friends to Present ‘Music for a Better Tomorrow’ Supporting LGBTQIA+ Rights


Pianist and composer Felix Jarrar will join soprano Caroline Spaeth, tenor David Rivera Bozón, and violist Justin Ouellett on Friday, May 19, 2023, at Church of the Good Shepherd for a concert to support LGBTQIA+ rights. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to NAGLY. The concert will feature standard operatic repertoire by Meyerbeer and Puccini, alongside the world {…}