Stephanie Blythe to Direct ‘Rest in Pieces: In Memory of Opera’

By David Salazar

The Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program and Orchestra will present “Rest in Pieces: In Memory of Opera” on March 6, 2020 at Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater.

The program, which will be directed by famed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, will be conducted by James Bagwell and will feature music by such composers as Mozart, R. Strauss, Bizet, Copland, and Puccini.

The soloists will include Chuanyuan Liu, Hailey McAvoy, Wayne Arthur Paul, Jardena Gertler-Jaffe, Megan Jones, Brad Testerman, Max Jansen, Diana Schwam, Maggie McGuire, Maggie Tigue, Chelsea Fingal DeSouza, CodyRay Caho, Pauline Tan, and Louis Tiemann.

“What is wonderful about ‘Rest in Pieces’ has been the process of creating this work as a group. Fourteen singers choosing five operas, choosing the music, then building scenes to tell a new, compelling story—all with the aim of creating performance and writing skill sets in an entirely new way. It is truly an extraordinary undertaking,” said Blythe, Vocal Arts Program artistic director, in a press release. “Audiences can expect to see and hear characters and music that they already know and love, but they will experience them set free in an entirely new, self-determined world.”