Tuesday, March 23, 2021, marks the virtual World Premiere of Lisa Neher’s one-woman, micro opera Par for the Course.
This amazing piece written for unaccompanied voice centers around Babe Zaharias who was arguably one of the best athletes of the 20th century. She won two Olympic gold medals in track and field, over 82 golf tournaments in a short career, and was named in Sports Illustrated‘s “Top Ten Athletes of the 20th Century” (the only woman to make the cut). This snapshot into her prolific career occurs at the moment she discovers that she has been denied the chance to play in the US Open simply because she was a woman.
The One Voice Project micro opera festival will run from March 22-26 and feature one new opera released each day. Tickets are pay-as-you-can, and you don’t want to miss these other incredible performers!
Join us on Saturday, March 20 at 2pm or 7pm PST for the virtual premiere of Puccini’s “Suor Angelica.” This full production, complete with orchestra, is being produced by Opera San Luis Obispo (Opera SLO), Valley Opera and Performing Arts (VOPA) and Mission Opera.
Recorded during the initial lock down in 2020 from the safety of our respective homes, this show has been beautifully woven together for the enjoyment of a virtual audience.
January 23 (education outreach production) and 25, 2020
February 01 and 02, 2020
Pacific Opera Project
Just made my company debut with Pacific Opera Project in their 10th Anniversary, season opener, double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Pinellino) and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortileges (La Bergere, Une Pastourelle, La Chauve-souris).
I’ve been excited about the work that POP. has been doing for the last few years and was jazzed when they asked if I wanted to be part of this production. The Ravel offers SUCH interesting music and is technically extremely difficult to pull off. You need a cast of 16 fabulous singers (which is spot on because my cast mates were FIRE!) and soooooo many costumes! Maggie Green was the costumer-extraordinaire and created 84 different costumes for these two productions. The bulk of these were seen in the Ravel as we meandered a fantasyland that included clocks and tea cups coming to life, as well as lush garden scenes with frolicking forest beasts.
The process was swift and a total BLAST! Within 5 days both shows were fully staged. The cast and crew were full of fun and positivity – like a rowdy summer camp.
I’m sad to put this fabulous music to bed, but…on to the next!