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Light Shall Lift Us

From OPERA America

More than 100 opera singers unite in a song of hope and solidarity for a virtual performance of LIGHT SHALL LIFT US, a large ensemble work created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of composer Paul Moravec and librettist/lyricist Mark Campbell. The opera community needs your support now more than ever. Please consider supporting your local opera company or artist relief fund. Visit operaamerica.org/LSLU to learn more about this project. OPERA America would like to thank the artists who lent their voices to this project. They come from all across America and represent a broad variety of backgrounds and experience. Their participation is an example of the vitality and resiliency of our field and a demonstration that even while we are apart, music brings us together.

From OPERA America
Click here for a listing of everyone involved in the creation of this beautiful video.

Light Shall Lift Us was originally written for One Voice Orlando, a benefit organized by Opera Orlando in response to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in 2016. Light Shall Lift Us– Music by Paul Moravec, Words by Mark Campbell Copyright ©2016 by Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP) All Rights Reserved. www.subitomusic.com

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Un bel di vedremo

VIDEO CREDIT: DYLAN TRẦN

Singing “Un bel di vedremo,” soprano Betsy Uschkrat portrays Cio-cio san, a Japanese woman promised to an American naval officer during the height of late 19th Century American colonialism and cultural exploitations. She sings about the beautiful reunion with her beloved Lieutenant Pinkerton, who, unbeknownst to her, has a girlfriend in every port of call. Jesse Reeks is the collaborative pianist.

Dr. Betsy Uschkrat, soprano

Known for her impressive vocal range and artistic versatility, soprano Betsy Uschkrat continues to enthrall audiences across the United States, winning several operatic competitions in the process. Audiences have adored her performances of classical, musical theatre, and the great American Songbook repertoire, described by the New Orleans Times-Picayune as a “vocal powerhouse.” Since 2010, Dr. Uschkrat has taught at Loyola University in the Classical Voice Department and the Popular and Commercial Music degree program. Her students have gone on to perform professionally, become music educators, and work as music therapists across the country.

Jesse Reeks, pianist

Jesse Reeks is the son of two very successful musicians, and he has played the piano since he was old enough to speak! He is also an expert on the accordion and a master-level organist.  Jesse is comfortable in any realm of music, from secular to sacred and from classical to jazz. He has been the collaborative pianist for the Opéra Nouvelle series for the past year and a half, and he maintains an active performance schedule, even on the “virtual” level!


Part of the Balcony Ballads Series from the New Orleans Opera Education Department
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In des Lebens Frühlingstagen

VIDEO CREDIT: DYLAN TRẦN

Tenor Tyler Smith is Florestan in Ludwig van Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. The second act opens with “Gott! welch’ Dunkel hier!” which translates in English to “God, what darkness here!” Florestan is in the deepest recesses of a prison for those who have supposedly committed political crimes.  Though he is innocent, he has lost all hope. The second section of the aria, and our featured selection is “In des Lebens Frühlingstagen…” which means “In the spring days of life…”  Here, Florestan recalls past days of love before his years in the prison.  In a moment of glorious foreshadowing, he also sees a rescuing angel “Ein Engel” who is like his wife, Leonore, and a beacon of light to lead him to Heaven.  Jesse Reeks is our collaborative pianist.

Dr. Tyler Smith, Tenor

Dramatic tenor Tyler Smith has appeared in numerous operatic and concert performances throughout the United States, Europe, and South America.  For his debut as Canio with New Orleans Opera, Mr. Smith stepped in with six hours notice for an ailing colleague.  Opera News deemed his performance a “heroic job…[a] powerful voice and was remarkably in touch with the drama.”  Notable title roles include, but are not limited to Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Max in Der Freischütz, Boris in Katya Kabanova, the title role in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, and Belfiore in Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming. Mr. Smith made his Houston Grand Opera Debut as Carlson in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, which was released on the Albany label.

Jesse Reeks, pianist

Jesse Reeks is the son of two very successful musicians, and he has played the piano since he was old enough to speak! He is also an expert on the accordion and a master-level organist.  Jesse is comfortable in any realm of music, from secular to sacred and from classical to jazz. He has been the collaborative pianist for the Opéra Nouvelle series for the past year and a half, and he maintains an active performance schedule, even on the “virtual” level!


Part of the Balcony Ballads Series from the New Orleans Opera Education Department
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Opera at Home

“Sing Out Strong: Decolonized Voices”

The online performance options during the COVID-19 Pandemic have been coming at us fast and furious! Most outlets are learning as they go (and I’m sure you will agree that some are far superior than others.) But even the less than professionally produced videos and streams offer us all a connection to something we long for – a live performance. We’ve seen living rooms and kitchens inside homes of some of our favorite personalities and I for one, find that utterly charming. This next one I have signed up for is coming to us on the Zoom platform from White Snake Projects. If you want to be a part of the audience, you have to sign up before it begins. Click here to read more and sign-up. Maybe I’ll see you in on the internet!

Thanks! Janet

FROM WBUR: “Sing Out Strong: Decolonized Voices” comes out during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted immigrants. At immigration detention facilities, coronavirus cases have quickly risen. Furthermore, many undocumented immigrants are working frontline jobs for low pay. While the opera is free, Jacobs is directing donations to the Boston International Newcomers Academy. The public high school services new immigrant students, with many English language learners. The students played an important role in last year’s “Sing Out Strong” and helped with this year’s opera as well. “I go into the school and I work with the students on writing lyrics and we talk about the themes,” Jacobs said. “This year, the panel selected five of the lyrics…written by these students, by these new immigrants students so it’s really, really exciting for us all.” Jacobs is directing donations to the school in hopes of supporting education opportunities for immigrants.

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Balcony Ballads

A New Series from the New Orleans Opera Education Department!

This new series, proves the old axiom that necessity is the mother of invention. Dr. William Mouat, Education Director created this and the soon to be released Behind the Scene series, with you in mind. He refers to these videos as “teaser-trailers.” Each of the four operas the company is producing for the 20-21 season will be presented here over the year – sign up for our emails so you don’t miss them!

Un bel di vedremo

Singing “Un bel di vedremo,” soprano Betsy Uschkrat portrays Cio-cio san, a Japanese woman promised to an American naval officer during the height of late…
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In des Lebens Frühlingstagen

Tenor Tyler Smith is Florestan in Ludwig van Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. The second act opens with “Gott! welch’ Dunkel hier!” which translates in English to…
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Opera at Home

Cooking with La Rowley

Cook along with world renown operatic soprano, Jennifer Rowley as she makes “Pantry Jambalaya!”

NOOA audiences will remember her as Tosca from the 2016 New Orleans Opera production. She was to reprise one of her signature roles, Musetta in La Bohème, this month with The Metropolitan Opera but as we all know, it was cancelled due to COVID-19. Enjoy this delightful video on her YouTube channel and subscribe to see more!

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You loved her as Carmen…

Now enjoy Jennifer Johnson Cano, Mezzo Soprano and Christopher Cano, Piano in “From Our Living Room To Yours”

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Emmie and Harry’s

What is that?

Direct from their Facebook page, Emmie and Harry’s is…

… an online cabaret club, in collaboration with Opera On Tap NYC, created to 1) provide performance opportunities for artists, and 2) provide access to live performances for audiences, while 3) supporting social distancing mandates during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Our number one priority is supporting the mental and emotional well-being of performing artists and the public at large by providing ongoing performance opportunities during these highly unusual times, what with the closure of physical venues and limitations imposed on public gatherings worldwide.We hope to create a top-notch temporary space where audiences can still attend a cultural event from the safety and comfort of their own homes, with all the warmth, social vibrancy, and highest quality artistry of a physical performance space.

And we love it…join the group to see the performances by clicking the box.
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Opera at Home

A Zoom We Are Excited About!

The world’s first Zoom opera, titled “all decisions will be made by consensus”

Renowned composer Kamala Sankaram (Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera) has embarked on an opera experiment during the current COVID-19 health crisis which has shut down the world’s stages.  Sankaram, along with librettist Rob Handel, have composed the world’s first Zoom opera, titled “all decisions will be made by consensus,” that will be presented live via the streaming platform on April 24, 2020 at 1PM, April 25 at 7PM, and April 26 at 3PM.  The project, part of HERE Arts Center, will feature Metropolitan Opera and Broadway star Zachary James with a special guest appearance by Orange is the New Black and The Last OG’s Joel Marsh Garland.

From phillylifeandculture.com read the entire article here.
Here’s a link to the Facebook Event with instruction on how to watch the opera.
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Local Listings – Music, Museums and More

Here is a link to the Gambit Live Streaming Calendar from Gambit Staff Writer, Jake Clapp.

New restrictions enacted to curb the spread of COVID-19 have forced New Orleans bars and venues to close for the foreseeable future, leaving musicians and visual performers without places to perform or audiences to see them. Many of those creatives have now turned to livestreaming on social media to host their gigs — if an audience can’t come to the show, bring the show to them.

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