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The Newest Recital in the World
October 15, 2011

The gestation and creation of an “Opera Work” can be exciting, mysterious, and at times near calamitous, but always full of surprises! Watch what happens when the OperaWorks ensemble invents a custom recital right in front of your eyes with made to order music at your request. This is a one of a kind, never to be repeated evening of entirely improvised arias, duets, trios, and scenes complete with improvised accompaniment, and performed without any prepared or printed music. Audience suggestions and creative interactions are what sow the seeds for this truly spontaneous, newly minted concert. Come experience beautiful music, riotous laughter, and poignant drama as these incredibly talented singers break all the rules and preconceptions of what a classical recital should be.

ANN BALTZ is the Founder and Artistic Director of the nationally acclaimed OperaWorks.  As a pianist she has served in artistic capacities for opera companies throughout the U.S. and toured extensively with Columbia Artist Concerts and Minnesota Opera.  Improvisations include one-act operas in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.

KRISTINA DRISKILL’s multi-faceted career includes opera premieres, recordings, and concerts in the U.S. and Europe.  With Lux Aeterna dance company she recently created vocal improvisations in performance at the Ford Amphitheater.

WENDY HILLHOUSE enjoys a performance career that includes the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, and most of the major American opera companies, as well as in Europe and Japan.  

PATRICE PASTORE is a specialist in contemporary vocal music, collaborated with prestigious composers including George Crumb, Lukas Foss, John Harbison, Libby Larsen, and is recognized internationally for her work in improvisation.

ENRIQUE TORÁL’s opera career spans traditional works and world premieres with companies including New York City Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, and his Broadway debut in Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohéme on Broadway (original cast recording).

8pm showtime

$25 in advance / $30 at door / $20 students

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