Marshall Opera to Present Second-Ever ‘Oral History Project Concert’

By David Salazar

Marshall Opera has announced its next “Oral History Project Concert.”

Scheduled for April 27, 2024, the showcase will feature 10 composers joining forces with 10 young singers to present new works and interviews.

“I am proud to honor the legacy of Richard Marshall who has done so much to advance the cause of contemporary opera in the United States.  With Marshall Opera’s focus on neglected works from the last and present century, we are excited to introduce these great operas to an entire generation of new audiences,” said Jim Schaeffer, the Artistic and General Director of the company.

The program includes soprano Blerta Zhegu performing Isabelle Aboulker’s “L’archet,” soprano Cherissia Williams taking on Leslie Adams’s “Miranda’s Prayer-O Sweet Jesus;” mezzo-soprano Micaëla Aldrige interpreting Robert Aldridge’s “Sharon’s Song;” soprano Emily Gallagher teaming up with Michael Ching for “So Many Memories;” bass Andrew Richardson presenting Joel Feigin’s “Oedipus’ Prayer to the Furies;” a performance of Daron Hagen’s “The Walking Father, Thrush & Holy Thursday” by baritone Trevor Martin; Laura Kaminsky’s “Carne Barata” sung by mezzo-soprano Kelly Guerra; soprano Sara LeMesh spotlighting Lori Laitman’s “Beyond All Price;” baritone Wil Kellerman giving voice to Cynthia Cozette Lee’s “The Martyr;” mezzo-soprano Addie Rose Brown presenting John Musto’s “Where Is the Son I Never Knew;” mezzo-soprano Olivia Currier showcasing Mikel Rouse’s “In Cold Blood;” and mezzo-soprano Anna Laurenzo singing Andrew Rudin’s “Masha’s Aria.”

The showcase will take place at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center starting at 2 p.m.

Marshall Opera previously presented its first-ever “Oral History Project Concert” on Oct. 28, 2023.