April 25, 2015, 8:00PM
ODC Dance Theatre
351 Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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GRAND OVERTURE SEASON : 2015
The Bay Area's first comprehensive workshop-integrated opera
production company is gearing up for its inauguration!
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Four stunning scenes which showcase the Prodigal Opera Theatre and its unique take on operatic repertory:
I. St Matthew Passion, J.S. BACH
Peter denies Jesus a third time, fulfilling the
tragic prophecy. While he weeps, Mary Magdalene begs for God's mercy.
II. Transformations, CONRAD SUSA
Anne Sexton describes death as a state of sexual
frustration, coming closer and closer to release.
III. St. Rita, Frank La Rocca
We will also showcase POP's workshop arm with a fourth-wall obliterating look at a scene from Frank La Rocca's St Rita (in progress) which we will workshop and refine right before your eyes.
IV. Fin des Temps, OLIVIER MESSIÆN
After hearing the Revelatory trumpets
announcing the end of time, a woman finally
succumbs to madness and commits suicide,
accosted by images. Her death is haloed in
an apotheosis of eternity.
Danielle Reutter-Harrah, mezzo-soprano, is a versatile performer with a particular enthusiasm for historically informed performance practice. She has been lauded for her “lovely” solo (San Francisco Classical Voice) in her recent debut as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus in Mason Bates’ Mass Transmission. She appears frequently with the American Bach Soloists, most recently singing with “beauty and passion” (San Francisco Classical Voice) in a rarely performed early version of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
Alexandra Sessler, is a local Bay Area soprano and voice instructor with a voice described as a "magical gift" and "lovely" (Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle). She is an AGMA member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, a regular member of Cappella SF, and performs in concert and opera regionally and internationally. She is driven to promote the music of women composers and the Spanish speaking community in live performance and recordings. Alexandra is a lover of hummingbirds and cats.
soprano, has always been involved in music; having played violin and piano since the age of ten. In 2011, Jill sang with the Syracuse University Orchestra as the aria competition winner at Syracuse University. Jill is a recipient of the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Foundation Scholarship and Anna Freeland Memorial Prize.
An enthusiast of contemporary music, she made her San Francisco Conservatory of Music debut as Julie in David Conte’s Firebird Motel and premiered Elliot Encarnación’s Troilus and Achilles as the goddess Athena. Some of her roles include, Beth in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Contessa in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and The 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte.
Jill's latest project is commissioning composers to write art songs with poetry by living and current poets. This concert, lovingly titled "The Poetry Project", will be happening in September 2015.