OperaOggiNY is pleased to announce our 8th season and our new residency at the Co-cathedral of St. Joseph, in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights. We open our season with performances of Artistic Director Thomas Lawrence Toscano's MADE IN AMERICA Episode 1: The Interview. After the enormously successful premiere last May 2014 at St. Bart's Episcopal Church on Park Ave, we have been invited to present this very moving work on the topic of Middle East peace, at the invitation of Monsignor Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Pastor of the Co-Cathedral. In November OperaOggiNY travels to the Oldcastle Theater in Bennington, VT where Maestro Toscano is quickly becoming a fixture on WBTN AM Radio's show: Music Makers. In VT, we perform a double bill of The Interview with a return of our repertory favorite: Menotti's The Telephone. After last summer's tour upstate to Franklin Repertory Theater, our Suor Angelica performance at the Cabrini College in PA, and in addition to our regular performances at the James Blackstone Library in Branford, CT, we are thrilled to continue our touring tradition to this beautiful theater in VT.
This December we revive our holiday favorite Hansel and Gretel, in English, with a lively cast of NYC's up-and-coming opera talents, and we are thrilled to be joined by young singers from the Co-Cathedral congregation and community to play the parts of gingerbread children and forest creatures as members of the children's chorus. Suor Angelica is the ideal opera to showcase emerging female vocal talent, due to the large variety of female roles and the sheer beauty of Puccini's music. OperaOggiNY has trained dozens upon dozens of young female opera singers in our 8 productions of this opera, many of whom are now singing professionally around the world. We will present our 9th production of Suor Angelica to celebrate the Lenten season in March 2015. Projected for Spring 2015 is the premiere of the second opera of Maestro Toscano's Opera Cycle, MADE IN AMERICA Episode 2: HIHC. This serious work on the topic of cancer presents an enlivening happy ending, one which will bring joy to all. We are currently seeking funding for this piece, which was inspired by Thomas' extensive interviewing of friends and colleagues who have suffered from this pervasive disease.
OperaOggiNY's mission is to present high-quality, socially relevant performances to a variety of audiences - while providing emerging opera artists a highly challenging yet safe environment to make important strides towards their greatest artistic potential. We are constantly aiming to expand the geographical scope of our venues and collaborations. All suggestions are welcome. We always seek volunteers to support the hard work of our singer-run staff.
As always, we are looking for those singing artists who are both courageous and honest about themselves, their talents, and desire to succeed in an artistic vocal life. We give tremendous opportunities to those who make themselves available to our staff and our colleagues. WE seek many performances after a serious set of important and inspiring rehearsals which challenge each and every singer to find the true communicator in themselves and effectively connect and "tell the story" of each and every opera. Obviously, in order to accomplish this performers are led, through very intense coachings, to a new level of language presence, spacial awareness and global singing. We continue to wow, inspire and impress audiences where ever we go. We are not your run of the mill opera company. We don't seek to operate on a level of greatest appeal but, that of greatest expression and artistic integrity.