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Production Diary part 2

July 16 At today’s we got a look at Emily Dunn’s approach to the costumes. She’s going for earth colors for the chorus, simple dresses and breeches with hats providing individuality, all handmade. The effect will be slightly ghostly and abstract, and should be wonderfully in sync with the scenery. These will all be handmade, while the principals’ costumes will… (more…)

Production Diary

June 28 We have wonderful scenery in the works – pictures to come. Ed Check showed us his model today, a fantasy of angels’ wings and tombstones, flying in and recombining. We have the rare advantage that our Technical Director knows the score, as Alan Schneider is both singing Daley and building the set. July 1 July 1, and the… (more…)

Australian soprano Kari Lyon (Bridie) wins prize in New York

Australian soprano Kari Lyon is the recipient of the 2012 Concert Artist Prize in the Metropolitan International Music Festival in New York. In June, she returns to the US to play Bridie in workshops of Eric Sawyer’s opera The Garden of Martyrs (world premiere 2013), joining a distinguished cast, including Amy Johnson, directed by Vernon Hartman. She has performed throughout… (more…)

Act III Workshop

                Act III got a spirited launch on Sunday night, with a large and responsive audience and many good comments in the talkback. Audio and video to come! Pictured: John Salvi, William Hite, Alan Schneider, as well as chorus members Beccie Magnus, Jeremy Koo, and Sam Ostrowski.

Second Act of Music Professor’s Opera Receives Rave Reviews

Hampshire Gazette Previews Opera

A tale of operatic proportions New work based on seminal event in local history By STEVE PFARRER, Staff Writer Friday, June 10, 2011   It was an event that transfixed the region more than 200 years ago, one that would eventually prompt considerable collective soul-searching and then a proclamation from former Gov. Michael Dukakis exonerating two men – Dominic Daley… (more…)

Workshop Preview of Act I January 9th

Free preview of new opera on Pioneer Valley’s infamous Daley, Halligan case Veterans of Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony to perform Amherst, Mass. A free workshop performance of The Garden of Martyrs, a new opera on the 19th century case of Irish immigrants executed in Northampton for a murder they likely did not commit, will take place on Sunday, January 9… (more…)

First Opera Preview January 9, 2011

Our baby arrived last night, and 150+ were on hand to witness the birth, including novelist Michael C. White, who gave his public blessing. We had wonderful feedback in the post-discussion and should be able to post some video shortly. Thanks to all that came!