three monodramas for the female voice Friday, June 30, 2017, 8:00pm Sunday, July 2, 2017, 8:00pm Behind the Door 219 Court Street Brooklyn, NY 11201 Knoxville: Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber Tesla’s Pigeon by Melissa Dunphy Phaedra by Benjamin Britten* Performed by Elise Brancheau, soprano (Knoxville) Chelsea Feltman, soprano (Tesla’s Pigeon) Judith Barnes, mezzo […]


by Benjamin Britten and Robert Lowell based on Jean Racine’s 1677 play Phèdre “How shall I hide my thick, adulterous passion for this youth, who has rejected me, and knows the truth?” Phaedra staggers under Aphrodite’s heavy curse. Wife to Theseus, she burns for his son Hippolytus. But he rejects her and in her blind […]

If Women Will Not Be Inclined

April 30, 2017 If Women Will Not Be Inclined: Women Composers, Women’s Voices Vocal music of the 19th and 20th Centuries Songs, arias and ensembles by Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Pauline Viardot & Maria Malibran In this unique recital, VPR pays tribute to four women composers whose genius and persistence overcame the odds:  celebrated 19th opera […]