NYCO's VOX and BCO's Flight of Verdi
I’m very pleased to announce two appearances I’ll be making in the near future. First, I will be happily joining the New York City Opera family in two scenes for their VOX opera lab on May 1st.
“New York City Opera’s VOX is an exciting opera lab of new works that offers American composers and librettists the opportunity to hear their works with a full orchestra and excellent artists. Every year, VOX presents up to twelve new, previously un-produced works from both emerging and established composers in orchestra readings that are free and open to the public.”
Revolution of Forms
Anthony Davis & Dafnis Prieto, composers
Alma Guillermoprieto & Charles Koppelman, librettists
5:00 – 5:30pm
Michael Gordon, composer; Deborah Artman, librettist
Then, on May 21st and 23rd, I will join the Baltimore Concert Opera for A Flight of Verdi, singing Sparafucile in Act III from Rigoletto and smaller supporting roles in scenes from La Traviata and Otello. These performances will be conducted by Stephen White, who just made his Metropolitan Opera conducting debut with Verdi’s La Traviata. We are in good hands!
My good friend Brendan Cooke began this company a few short years ago in the wake of the closing of the Baltimore Opera Company. His hard work along with the wonderful enthusiasm and support of the opera community and fans alike are making this an organization to watch and enjoy as it progresses with already impressive momentum, bringing a high caliber of performance to its audiences.
For an inspirational pitch for the future of opera, watch this video of Brendan addressing the audience of Ignite Baltimore with equal parts humor and sincerity.