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parterre box review; Aida, 12/5 – Smoking Cessation with OCB

parterre box – John Yohalem – Quotes from our review
“…ardent vocal talent…those of the audience new to this work remained rapt. The delight of this sort of thing is sensual…opera-large young voices hurling the music in your face close up…people, even many who go to lots of opera, do not often experience it thus. Such things give me great pleasure…astonishingly proficient for the amount of time invested. Tom Carle sang with clear diction, earnest self-confidence and a hearty, assertive tenor. I like loud singing…Stacy Dove sang with a plush, dark soprano, elegant ornaments and a glide to a golden top C at the end that was a model of bel canto grace. Scott Thomas…his pleasant baritone, had the power…David Charles Tay produced a deeper and steadier sound. Laura Smith sang with a thrilling power…Mary Brown Bonacci and Ross Crolius ably filled out the cast. The piano was well played by Jestin Pieper. I shall go again.”
Artists from the Metropolitan Opera, major opera houses of Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Berlin, Frankfurt, Houston, L.A., Munich, Israel, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle.
December 5AIDA
Bring-Your-Own-Beverage (BYOB) Opera Series
Casually experience opera at a private residence in Inwood, Manhattan: 600 W218th Str./33 Indian Rd, Apt 1G, 10034 – where the Harlem & Hudson Rivers meet. 1 train to 215/A train to 207. Hear opera singers live, up-close (bring earplugs if needed) – enjoy snacks & drinks. Our Grammy-nominated CD is sold at shows for $10. 


With Vapir as our Official Vaporizer Sponsor, experience opera in a NEW unique wayOrder in advance & save! Indicate legal herb/oil preference/s: chamomile, damiana, wild lettuce, lavender, lemongrass oil, etc. During applause, intermission and after the opera, maintain/refill units in another room. Email to reserve filled vaporizer/s rental, one herb refill (min.) 20% off rentals for those who are disabled, military/veterans, students, investors/board.


Vapir vaporizer models (# of units); Capacity in grams, $Buy, $Rent

THE NEW PRIMA (2.50;  $280$50/$35

VapirRise2.0 Ultimate   hookah (2) .33 up to 1, $260, Per Person – $50/$35
NO2.V2   (3.33, $170, Per Person – $40/$25
Oxygen Mini (4) .33, $80, Per Person – $35/$20
1 = $25/$20
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.33 = $15/10 


In memory of Charles Drew Harburn, OCB Co-founder/General Manager (1949-2015), an anonymous donor will double every dollar donated/sponsored, up to $5000. Chuck/Charlie helped countless artists and increased new audiences. Many thanks to Robert Johannis his life partner and Charlie’s family for generously establishing memorial funds for OCB. Donations cover BYOB $1100 monthly expenses. Please help perpetuate his legacy; email your pledges or donate directly.


First-time audition/application fee is $35, $30 if you have auditioned in the past, $20 if you have worked with us. With each fee, you receive One Nonrefundable Audition per year. Maestro Meetze will play piano for free or you bring a pianist. Everything takes place at 600 W 218th Street, 1G, NY, NY 10034. Bring a 1-page resume and 1-page repertoire list of 5 arias in contrasting styles and languages to the audition. Only live auditions, no headshots, videos, recordings, phone calls. To schedule an audition, first pay audition/application fee/enter the correct fee and propose via email ANY 3 different date/s and times.


OCB was founded in 2000 by Jay Meetze when he was a teacher in Brooklyn to showcase talented artists. OCB was featured on the Jeopardy quiz show, Good Morning America with MythBusters, CNN, National Public Radio, 1010 WINS, reviews and articles (some front-page and full-page) in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, NY Post and NY Daily News, New York Magazine, American Record Guide, Opera News and Crain’s New York Business. The company’s Grammy-nominated CD, Divas, on Albany Records and featuring music by and with American composer, Thomas Pasatieri, was named “Critic’s Choice” and “Best of the year” by Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News magazine.


Attila, Idomeneo, Don Pasquale, Der Schauspieldirektor, I Pagliacci, Liebeslieder Waltzes, Trouble in Tahiti, Falstaff, Faust, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Salome, Il Trovatore, Elixir of Love, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, La Rondine, Verdi’s Otello, Elektra, Nabucco, The Rake’s Progress


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