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Premiere of Anne Hutchinson!

 Anne Hutchinson poster

An Embarrassing Position — now with orchestra!

It’s been one year in the making, but this weekend is the orchestral premiere of An Embarrassing Position at the National Opera Association convention in New York!  The performance, the result of winning the Chamber Opera Competition last year, will be presented Friday night at 9:00pm at the Roosevelt Hotel with the Hunter College Opera Theater and a 12-piece ragtime orchestra from the Manhattan School of Music.


Eva Delvigné: Kaitlin McKendry
June Jinkins: Aliya Kamenshikov
Miss Paige: Carol Szwei
Ms. Dara: Martha Guenther
Willis Parkham: Troy Gordon

Reuben Blundell, conductor

Susan Gale Gonzalez, stage director

Friday, January 10, 9:00 pm

Roosevelt Hotel
Grand Ballroom
45 East 45th STreet
New York, NY 10017

Special thanks to Rick Benjamin from the incredible Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and Ragnar Hellspong for their kindness and advice and for sending me some authentic ragtime scores from a century ago.  And extra-special thanks to my good friend and orchestration guru Joshua Feltman for painstakingly going through the full score with me note by note and making dozens and dozens of helpful suggestions.  And as always, a tremendous thank you to the National Opera Association for running this competition and for all of the work they do to promote opera and music education across the country.

Next up will be the premiere of Anne Hutchinson on January 25 and 26th in Boston with Intermezzo Opera, and the premiere of Freedom Ride later on this year in New Orleans!

Still more press for An Embarrassing Position

It’s been a few months since the 9th Ward Opera Company‘s production of An Embarrassing Position at the Marigny Opera House, but this extremely kind piece from author Michael Allen Zell just came out a few days ago.  Thank you again to Kathleen Westfall, Danielle Edinburgh-Wilson, Dave Hurlburt, and the entire cast and company!



In other New Orleans News, my opera Freedom Ride is still chugging along.  Please visit the website, www.freedomrideopera.com, for more pictures, videos, news, and my extremely intermittent blog!

New York Premiere of An Embarrassing Position

An Embarrassing Position makes its New York debut on Thursday night, December 5, with the Hunter College Opera Theater.

Eva Delvigné: Kaitlin McKendry
June Jinkins: Aliya Kamenshikov
Miss Paige: Laura Casertano
Ms. Dara: Elmeria Rose Buckhalter
Willis Parkham: Troy Gordon

Noby Ishida, pianist
Susan Gale Gonzalez, stage director

Thursday, December 5, 8:00 pm

Lang Recital Hall
Hunter College North, 4th floor
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

(212) 650-3566

Because An Embarrassing Position was the winner of last years National Opera Association‘s Chamber Opera Competition, this production will be repeated with a slightly different cast at the National Opera Association convention on Friday night, January 10, where it will also mark the premiere of the opera’s orchestrations.  Thank you to everyone at the NOA and at Hunter College for this incredible opportunity!

Catharine Cole’s Correspondence with the U.S. Army Band Chamber Series

Catharine Cole’s Correspondence, my most popular unfinished piece, will be performed Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30pm on Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia as part of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Chamber Music Series.

Leigh Ann Hinton, soprano
Meredeth Rouse, English horn
Sophia Kim Cook, piano
Tuesday, November 12, 7:30pm
Brucker Hall, Fort Myer
Arlington, VA

The performance will also be streamed live at http://www.usarmyband.com/watch-listen/live-webcasts.html.


Great press from New Orleans

I am so pleased that The Ninth Ward Opera Company sold out all four of their performances of An Embarrassing Position!  This is a terrific company, and I was honored to be able to work with them at one of my favorite venues, the Marigny Opera House.

We were fortunate to received extraordinarily good press from both the New Orleans Times-Picayune and The Examiner, and I’d love to share the review and the interview with you here.



Next up in New Orleans will be the full premiere of Freedom Ride this spring!  I will be posting more news, photos, and videos on our Freedom Ride website, http://www.freedomrideopera.com.  Thank you as always for your continued support and interest!

Anne Hutchinson preview

On Thursday, July 25, Intermezzo: The New England Chamber Opera Series will present an evening of scenes from my upcoming opera Anne Hutchinson as part of the Concerts in the Cloisters series at the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA.  The incredible cast includes Marion Dry, Ray Bauwens, David Kravitz, and John Whittlesey, with Linda Osborn accompanying.  In addition to the scenes, which will be heard for the first time here, there will be a discussion with me, the performers, and librettists Bill Fregosi and Fritz Bell.

The complete opera will premiere January 25 and 26, 2014 at The Modern Theatre in Boston.

Concerts in the Cloisters Series
Parish of the Epiphany
70 Church Street
Winchester, MA
Tickets: $15/$10 students and seniors
(781) 729-1922


anne hutchinson cloisters

As always, work continues on Freedom Ride, and I will keep posting news, pictures, blog entries, and videos on our website.  Thank you for your support!


An Embarrassing Position returns to New Orleans

I’m happy to announce that An Embarrassing Position, which was written and is set in New Orleans, is coming home for four performances this month, July 25-28, thanks to Dave Hurlbert and Kathleen Westfall of The 9th Ward Opera Company.  The performances will take place at the beautiful Marigny Opera House, my new home away from home in the Crescent City.  I’m also happy to add that the performance will be directed by Xavier alumna Danielle Edinburgh-Wilson and will feature Xavier alumnus Dedrian Hogan in the role of Parkham.  Danielle and Dedrian were onstage together in An Embarrassing Position back in the fall of 2009 when the opera was only partially completed!

Eva Delvigné: Lesley DeMartin / Amanda McCarthy
June Jinkins: Rebecca Ryan / Kathleen Westfall
Miss Paige: Annie Halbert / Toni Skidmore
Ms. Dara: Maria Thomas / Vickie Thomas
Willis Parkham: Dedrian Hogan

Madeline Thibodeaux, music director
Ronald Joseph, pianist
Danielle Edinburgh-Wilson, stage director

Thursday – Sunday, July 25 – 28, 7:00 pm

Marigny Opera House
725 St. Ferdinand St.
New Orleans, LA  70117

For tickets, please visit http://www.marignyoperahouse.org/artist/?pid=1331&eid=1288&tid=13 or call 504-948-9998.

The opera will be paired with Gershwin’s rarely performed Blue Monday, directed by Kathleen Westfall.


As always, work continues on Freedom Ride, and I will keep posting news, pictures, blog entries, and videos on our website.  Thank you for your support!


Four Poems by John Donne now online

I have taken a leap into the 21st century, and will slowly begin posting some of my music online on SoundCloud.  First up are my Four Poems by John Donne, commissioned by Alecia Batson, and premiered by her and Leonardo Ciampa back in 2011.  This recording is from this past September at the CUNY Graduate Center, as part of the memorial concert for Ora Frishberg Saloman.  The fantastic performers are soprano Mary Thorne and pianist Jin-Ok Lee.