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 {…}

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 {…}

OPERA America 2023 Review: Felix Jarrar & Friends – Liederabend

Earlier this month, OPERA America’s McKay Studio was home to a compelling performance featuring the latest art songs by composer and pianist Felix Jarrar. Entitled “Liederabend with Felix Jarrar & Friends,” the event showcased the vocal talents of mezzo-soprano Jessica Trainor Tasucu, baritone Benjamin Howard, contralto Allison Gish, and tenor Ryan Morgan. Jarrar’s diverse repertoire of art songs ranged from {…}