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 {…}

Wednesday Afternoon Music Club to Present Concert by ‘Felix Jarrar & Friends’

(Credit: Eliana Brea) Pianist and composer Felix Jarrar, soprano Caroline Spaeth, and mezzo-soprano Rebecca Sacks are set to present a concert sponsored by the Wednesday Afternoon Music Club. Their program will feature works by Jarrar and lyricist/librettist Bea Goodwin including “Voyelles” (text by Rimbaud), the New England premiere of “Queen Mary’s Lament,” and the world premiere of the acapella song {…}

Composer / Pianist Felix Jarrar to Premiere ‘Change Comes in Full Glory’ Featuring Cantata – ‘The Unsleeping Ones’

Composer/pianist Felix Jarrar, along with soprano Caroline Spaeth, mezzo-soprano Eugenia Forteza, and La Cuarta Productions is set to premiere “Change Comes in Full Glory” on Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The program features a cantata entitled “The Unsleeping Ones,” as well as two additional pieces penned by Jarrar. The concert will stream on the Sparrow Live platform. {…}

Composer/Pianist Felix Jarrar to Present Excerpted Virtual Concert Production of ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’

To mark the fifth anniversary of composer/pianist Felix Jarrar’s second opera, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Jarrar, will present production excerpts in concert form on Friday, March 26 at 7:00 P.M. The concert will stream on the composer’s YouTube channel. Billed as a “snapshot” of the opera, the concert features soprano Caroline Spaeth as Lady Madeline Usher, tenor {…}