SCHEDULE


UPCOMING


2019

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ANIMA MUNDI: THE COSMOS SHIMMERS

Anima Baroque Ensemble

Beth Anne Hatton, soprano
Vita Wallace, baroque violin
Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba & lirone
Christa Patton, harp
Judith Barnes, reader

From the musical proportions of the Soul of the World (Amina Mundi), to the cosmic disorder caused by Love and the senses, The Cosmos Shimmers reflects on the eternal harmonies of body and soul, both universal and all-too-human. With readings paraphrased from Plato’s Timaeus.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, 8:00 pm
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miniatures Behind the Door 2019 series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

VPR is a proud participant in the fourth annual New York Opera Fest, joining over 30 New York City-based companies putting on over 30 events in venues around the city in May and June.

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THE CHILDREN’S HOUR (and after)

Beth Anne Hatton, soprano
Judith Barnes & Hayden DeWitt, mezzo sopranos

Sunday, May 12th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Behind the Door

VPR is a proud participant in the fourth annual New York Opera Fest, joining over 30 New York City-based companies putting on over 30 events in venues around the city in May and June.

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BUCKY AND HIS FRIENDS

“You never know what’s gonna happen.” –Bucky Malocchio

A Variety Show
written and performed by Isidore Elias

Saturday, May 18th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 19th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Behind the Door

miniatures Behind the Door 2019 series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

VPR is a proud participant in the fourth annual New York Opera Fest, joining over 30 New York City-based companies putting on over 30 events in venues around the city in May and June.

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OPERA FEROCE: THE BEAST RETURNS

Thursday, May 23rd, 8:00 PM
Behind the Door

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THE CONSTITUTION

A Secular Oratorio
by Benjamin Yarmolinsky

Thursday, June 27, 2019, 7:30 pm
Sunday, June 30, 2019, 4:00  pm
Behind the Door and at another location TBA

We The People image by Karni Dorell

VPR is a proud participant in the fourth annual New York Opera Fest, joining over 30 New York City-based companies putting on over 30 events in venues around the city in May and June.


miniatures Behind the Door 2019 series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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PAST


2019


JÚRAME

“PROMISE ME,” Spain and Latin America in Song
Zarzuela, Opera, and Art Song from Argentina, Cuba, Spain, and Mexico

María Brea, soprano
Linda Collazo, mezzo soprano
Pablo Zinger, pianist and curator

Pablo Zinger, dubbed “The King of Zarzuela” by Opera News, will be joined by two vibrant young opera singers, soprano María Brea and mezzo soprano Linda Collazo, for a celebration of the depth and passion of Spanish and Latin American vocal music.

Sunday, April 7th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Behind the Door

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miniatures Behind the Door 2019 series is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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SALON BENEFIT CONCERT and RECEPTION

Fresh from engagements at Deutsche Oper Berlin and The Metropolitan Opera, two thrilling singers return to VPR, to help raise funds for our 2019 season!

Dramatic soprano Francesca Mondanaro’s “unforgettable – voluminous, lush and beautiful voice”
and “electric, high-impact singing” joins forces with the “massive, sinfully rich” voice and
“stunning, dramatic delivery” of mezzo-soprano Karolina Pilou in a program of some of the
most demanding masterpieces of the repertoire.

Arias and Duets from Aida, Norma, Semele, Adriana Lecouvreur, and Madama Butterfly.

Saturday, March 30, 2019, 3:00 pm
Behind the Door
219 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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2018


WOMEN OF SALT AND LONGING

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a meditation on displacement, exile, and longing for home

La Maison from Poèmes pour Mi by Olivier Messiaen
Addio Roma from L’incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
Lamentation from the Jeremiah Symphony by Leonard Bernstein

Judith Barnes, mezzo soprano and director
Heather Green, Yuri Ogasawara & Irena Romendik, performers
Doug Han, piano

Friday, June 15, 2018, 7:30 pm
Voorhees Theater at City Tech, 186 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

More info HERE
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2017


I STAND ALONE

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three monodramas for the female voice

Knoxville, Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber
Tesla’s Pigeon by Melissa Dunphy
Phaedra by Benjamin Britten
Friday, June 30, 2017, 8:00 pm & Sunday, July 2, 2017, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door
More Info HERE
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PHAEDRA

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A dramatic cantata for mezzo-soprano

by Benjamin Britten and Robert Lowell
June 10, 2017, 8:00 pm

Presented by LEIMAY
334 South 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Admission with reservation:
leimaymain.cavearts.org

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IF WOMEN WILL NOT BE INCLINED

Women Composers, Women’s Voices

Vocal music of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Songs by Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Pauline Viardot & Maria Malibran

Featuring Judith Barnes, Hayden Dewitt, Katya Gruzglina, Mal Harrison, Francesca Mondanaro, Margaret O’Connell, Andrea Reichenbach & Ellen Teufel, vocalists; Doug Han, piano

Curated by Thea Cook

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 4:00 pm
Behind the Door

Proceeds go to the Anti Violence Project

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MILTON RESNICK at 100: A Centenary View

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A remembrance and a showing of a new film, “Milton Resnick Paints a Picture.”

Disorder but completeness, a total anarchy and at the same time a universal truth.  — MR

“Milton Resnick Paints a Picture,” a short film of him painting and discussing his views on art and society, followed by a projection of paintings painted over eight decades.

Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door

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Songs for voice and not piano

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:00 pm
Behind the Door

Proceeds to benefit the NYC Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union

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2016


MALVINA DI SCOZIA

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by Giovanni Pacini
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano

Hans Schellevis, Conductor / Judith Barnes, Director
Peter Szep, Chorus Master / Doug Han, Piano
Thea Cook, Production Curator
Angela Leson as Malvina / Karolina Pilou as Morna
Benjamin Bloomfield as Arturo / Stefan Kirchgraber as Malcolm
Aram Tchobanian as Wortimer / The VPR Chorus

May 11 & 13, 2016, 7:30 pm
Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church
120 W 69th Street
New York, NY

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2015


INCONTRO BAROCCO

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Jewels of the Baroque
(high voices and low tea in a semi-precious setting)

Opera Feroce and VPR team up for Jewels of the Baroque, the latest episode in the Incontro Barocco series.

An uptight baroque band and an unruly troupe of singers are hired to entertain at the home of a wealthy family with pretensions to nobility. A nod to the salon concert, Jewels of the Baroque is a gleefully assembled smorgasbord of instrumental and vocal works trespassing across genres, styles and national boundaries. Singers and instrumentalists alike are costumed in High Baroque style, and the audience is shown more than a glimpse of the rivalry, revelry, and repartee among the players.

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
Behind the Door

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FRENCH SONG IN TRANSIT

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Métamorphoses et Mélodies

Judith Barnes, mezzo soprano
Rémy Yulzari, double bass
Yegor Shevtsov, piano

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 8:30 pm
Behind the Door

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2014


THE VIRTUOSI QUINTET

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Autumn Harvest

A selection of works from baroque to contemporary, celebrating the acclaimed Virtuosi Quintet’s 31st season. Music of Bach, Damase, Grieg, Ligeti, Hindemith and Running.

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door

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New York Opera Alliance
Launching event at (Le) Poission Rouge

VPR performs excerpts from
THE DWARF by Yoav Gal

Sunday, November 3, 2014, 3:00 pm

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New York Opera Alliance

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STELLA NEMICA INFAUSTA

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Rare bel canto arias for mezzo soprano

An evening of treasures plucked from the dusty attic of Italian opera and polished to their former luster. The program will feature rarities by Verdi’s rivals Alessandro Nini, Giovanni Pacini and Federico Ricci, as well as early comic arias by Saverio Mercadante and Gaetano Donizetti. Some of these arias will be receiving their first public performance since the 19th century.

Hayden DeWitt, mezzo soprano
Cathy Venable, piano
Thea Cook, curator

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
Behind the Door

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THE HEMINGS DIARY

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A reading of a new play by Lucille Lichtblau

A mysterious diary found at an estate sale gives a young, mixed race couple a troubling legacy to consider; that of founding father Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, who bore him six children.

Featuring Che Ayende, Ezra Barnes, Nurit Monacelli and Libya Pugh
Directed by Melissa Maxwell

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:30 pm
Behind the Door

A TWO PLANKS PRODUCTION

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ALBUM FOR THE NOT-SO-YOUNG

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Benjamin Yarmolinsky, composer and guitarist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door

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OBSESSION SONGS

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A program of songs inspired by obsessive love, longing and dream states, featuring the Ossessione song cycle by Richard Pearson Thomas.

PROGRAM includes songs by John Dowland, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Henri Duparc, Reinaldo Hahn, Jules Massenet, Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Bononcini, and Ossesione by Richard Pearson Thomas, a song cycle inspired by the much loved Arie Antiche from the Schirmer Italian Song Anthology.

Judith Barnes, mezzo soprano / Hayden DeWitt, mezzo soprano
Bruce Rameker, baritone / Richard Pearson Thomas, piano

Friday, May 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door

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BUCKY’S BACK!

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Bucky and his Friends

“You never know what’s gonna happen.”– Bucky Malocchio

Written and performed by Isidore Elias

An evening of comedy and music with Bucky and His Friends, featuring Bucky Malocchio and his adorable Buckettes, with a guest appearance by Bucky’s rootin-tootin cousin Billy-Bob Hannity.

Isidore Elias as Bucky
Evelyn Thatcher & Tiffany Stoker, vocals
Beverly Closs, piano / Lane Warren, bass
Cody Rahn, drums

Friday, May 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door

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SLUGGING A VAMPIRE

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Beautiful and Outlandish Songs
by Charles Ives and Richard Pearson Thomas

PROGRAM includes
Religion / At the River / Serenity
Slugging a Vampire / Two little flowers
The white gulls / Thoreau

and other songs by Charles Ives
I never saw a moor / Jordan / Diamonds / Voyeur
Spinster of Chelsea Embankment /Azulao / Poison
and other songs by Richard Pearson Thomas

Bruce Rameker, baritone
Richard Pearson Thomas, piano

Friday, May 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door

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MUSICAL VISIONS

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Maeve Hoglund, soprano
Marnie Laird, piano

PROGRAM includes
Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Come raggio di sol
by Antionio Caldara
Il bacio by Luigi Arditi
Kaddisch by Maurice Ravel
Elfenlied by Hugo Wolf
Allah akbar allah by Karol Symanowski
Ce doux petit visage by Francis Poulenc
Rushes by Chris DeBlasio
Siete canciones populares Españolas by Manuel de Falla

Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:30 pm
Behind the Door

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IL PASTORE INNAMORATO

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(the lovesick shepherd)

Hayden DeWitt, mezzo soprano
Beth Anne Hatton, soprano
Cathy Venable, piano and flute
Joseph Trent, flute

PROGRAM includes
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
 by Franz Schubert
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Selections from Il Re Pastore by Wolfgang A. Mozart
Selections from sonatas for two flutes by Georg Philipp Telemann

Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door

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Sonnets to Orpheus

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An evening with Rainer Maria Rilke

Hayden DeWitt, mezzo soprano
Paul Hecht, reader
Rita Costanzi, harp

Thursday, January 2, 2014, 7:30 pm
Behind the Door

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2013


THE DWARF

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A comic opera by Yoav Gal

Peter Szep, conductor
Doug Fitch, director

GALA PERFORMANCE, PARTY AND FILM SHOOT
November 21 & 23, 2013, 8:00 pm

TWO MORE PERFORMANCES ADDED
Dec 5 & 7, 2013, 8:00 pm

The Blue Building
222 East 46th Street, NYC

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THE DWARF

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A preview and party to foreshadow the upcoming full production of Yoav Gal’s THE DWARF

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 4:00 pm
In Front of and Behind the Door

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THE PEACE

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Libretto Reading

An open reading of the libretto of VPR’s first commissioned opera, THE PEACE, by composer Nizan Leibovich and librettist Isidore Elias.

Saturday, June 1st, 2013, 3:30 pm
Behind The Door

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THE MILLAY SISTERS

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Open Rehearsal
Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:30 pm
Behind the Door

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INCONTRO BAROCCO

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A sumptuously costumed evening of music
with Opera Feroce and friends

April 6th & 7th, 2013, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door