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Chelsea Opera Presents Spunky Old Opera Broads

January 8, 2012 | By Lynne Hayden-Findlay
Join us as the familiar and several less familiar ladies of opera are presented through their signature arias and scenes on Friday, February 24th at 8.00 pm at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69 Street, between Broadway and Columbus). Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 students/seniors purchased in advance (or $25 and $20 at the door). Tickets may be purchased on-line (link through www.ChelseaOpera.org) or by calling 1-866-811-4111. This production is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by the Friends of Chelsea Opera. For more information, call 212-260-1796 or visit www.ChelseaOpera.org.

The program will feature principal singers from past Chelsea Opera productions and special guests including dramatic soprano Maria Russo and dramatic mezzo soprano Eugenie Grunewald. Both women have had enormously successful international careers, singing at top houses in Europe, South America and throughout the United States. Ms. Grunewald has also recently begun teaching master classes, helping young singers find the dramatic edge within their singing, and Ms. Russo is an accomplished voice teacher. Also singing on the program are sopranos Elizabeth Beers-Kataria, Tracy Bidleman, Caprice Corona, Lisa Daehlin, Darla Diltz, Camille Gifford, Miriam Kushel, Janette Lallier, La Toya Lewis, Michele Paape, and Michelle Pretto, and mezzo sopranos Rachel Arky, Julie DeVaere, Joanna Dionis, Patrice Eaton, Leslie Middlebrook, Ema Mitrovic, Christine Reimer, and Kim Sogioka. Accompanying will be Audrey Saint-Gil.

Among the “Spunky Broads” represented are Turandot (Puccini), Joan of Arc (The Maid of Orleans/Tchaikovsky), Baba (The Rake’s Progress/Stravinsky), Ma Joad (The Grapes of Wrath/Gordon), Three Ladies (Die Zauberflöte/Mozart), Older Alyce (Glory Denied/Cipullo), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia/Britten), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro/Mozart), and Azucena (Il Trovatore/ Verdi). Formed in 2004 by two singers, Lynne Hayden-Findlay and Leonarda Priore, the company was launched with an all- volunteer production of Suor Angelica. Initially, Ms. Priore and Ms. Hayden- Findlay had only intended to produce this one opera. However, artist and audience response was so compelling that they agreed to move forward, incorporating Chelsea Opera and obtaining their IRS non-profit designation in a record eight days. They have since produced Cavalleria Rusticana, Amahl and the Night Visitors (three times), Pagliacci, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, The Ballad of Baby Doe, The Scarf, The Bear, a 5th Anniversary production of Suor Angelica, Le Nozze di Figaro, and This is the rill speaking/Bermudas and The Medium. Their November 2010 production of Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied garnered rave reviews from both The New York Times and Opera News. Madama Butterfly is scheduled for June of this year.

Chelsea Opera, was a WQXR Media sponsor recipient and a WNYC-FM *STAR* Incentive recipient. Support has been received from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Banfi Vintners Foundation, The Bettina Baruch Foundation, The Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). In-kind support is provided by JetBlue Airways, the official airline of Chelsea Opera.

For further information, visit www.ChelseaOpera.org or write to ChelseaOpera@aol.com.



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